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Spring 2019 Newsletter

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Spring 2019 Meeting - 12th April 2019 at Asnuntuck CC

“Apollo at 50”

Bill Weppner’s reminiscences take us back to the 1960s when a “perfect storm” driven by international politics, a national commitment by a President, and a Congress willing to spend a whole lot of cash, enabled a lot of really smart people with a lot of chutzpah and a lot of luck to accomplish the seemingly impossible - the Apollo Program. Bill served as a flight controller at the Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston, TX, during the Apollo Missions 7 and 13. He’ll explain why Apollo 8 was his favorite mission.

You’ll learn how we traveled all the way to the moon, only to discover the earth; how the Apollo 11 computer said, “Uh! Oh!, but GUIDO said, “GO!”; how the command, “SCE to AUX”, saved Apollo 12; whether we could’ve reached the moon with today’s smart phone; how, in order to reach the moon, we needed to come up with, “ . . . the most powerful machine ever devised” - the Saturn V.

Ponder with Bill whether we’ll see such accomplishments again in our life times.

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