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“Gene Kranz Day” honors air traffic controllers, Funds Mission Control revival

October 24, 2018 – A NASA legend that led the team who landed people on the moon almost 50 years…

October 24, 2018

– A NASA legend that led the team who landed people on the moon almost 50 years ago was honored in Houston on Tuesday, October 23, for its current role, preserving the historic site where Apollo 11’s mission is being pursued.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner proclaimed “Gene Kranz Day” on October 23, 2018, honoring the Apollo Air Force at an event organized by Space Center Houston. Luncheon “To the Moon and Away” was also an advantage and raised $ 300,000 for the restoration of Mission Operations Control Room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center where Kranz defined the principles of Mission Control.

“Gene Kranz has made extraordinary contributions to human space exploration by banning processes and protocols that continue to ensure successful missions,” Turner says. “These processes emphasize toughness, competence, teamwork and accountability.”

“As a built Houstonian, this is a very proud moment,” Turner said, bringing up Kranz in front of a room with 400 NASA executives, elected officials and business executives at Marriott Marquis in downtown Houston. “You’ve really added not only the city of Houston, but Webster, Friendswood and the whole area on the map.”

Kranz served as a flight leader for NASA’s Gemini and Apollo programs. He was the head of Mission Control when Apollo 1

1 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin moved on the moon surface on July 20, 1969, but he is perhaps best known for his role in saving a severely crowded crew in April 1970, as depicted by Ed Harris in 1995 movie “Apollo 13”.

“Gene, we greet you to make the terms” discipline, morality, toughness and competence “the core values ​​for Mission Control work,” said astronaut Serena Auñón chancellor in a video recorded at the International Space Station. “Your legacy will enable us to continue the journey back to the moon and beyond.”

In recent years, Kranz has spared efforts to return to its former workplace – NASA’s historic Mission Operations Control Room – to what it saw at the time of the first moon landing. Space Center Houston, as an official visitor to the Johnson Space Center, has led to the campaign to raise the $ 5 million required to complete restoration on time for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in July 2019.

“Today is it’s really monumental because we’ve been working to raise money, a $ 5 million campaign, to restore the historic mission control room and we’re getting closer to that goal, “said William Harris, President of Space Center Houston.” All revenue from today’s lunch will go against these efforts. “

Webster, a suburb of Houston, gave the $ 3.5 million headline in 2017. A successful kickstarter campaign increased another $ 500,000. [19659003] $ 300,000 from Tuesday’s” To The Moon and Beyond “month gives the total height to $ 4.5 million so far.

” We restore Mission Control to the 1960s, “Harris said,” so it will be as if everything f The lie checks went up and took a break. You will be able to experience how it was during the historic Apollo missions. “

Three astronauts in Apollo participated in Tuesday’s event including Walt Cunningham who flew on Apollo 7 50 years ago this month and Charlie Duke who went on the moon at Apollo 16 in 1972.

” I would be asked if I did not acknowledge two special donors who are here today, Apollo 8 astronaut and director general Bill Anders and his wife Valerie, said Gwen Griffin, event director and daughter of Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin. “When Bill was invited to today’s lunch, he would surpass the rest of us so he created his own support level.”

“He [Anders] named the” Go for TLI “level, which they know in space operations for trans-lunar injection . Apollo 8, Bill’s flight, marked the first time we sent a crew to the moon and we were “going to TLI,” said Griffin.

The lunch kicked off the Space Center Houston countdown to the Apollo 11 50th anniversary next year. The non-profit education center plans activities to lead until July 2019, when a month-long “Defying Gravity” celebration will be held, including a tire for the restored Mission Control Room.

“It was really a great opportunity to work in Mission Control,” says Kranz, who is in association with other airline drivers Griffin and Milt Windler. “We thank the members of the Flight Support Division who restore Mission Control and thank you Space Center Houston for their efforts to raise funds to restore it. “

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