APOLLO 50TH GALA LINE UP

This page will be updated regularly as more attendees are confirmed.

In attendance will be: Apollo, shuttle and International Space Station astronauts, flight directors and space legends, Apollo families, NASA executives, celebrities and global movers & shakers, international media, space collectors and educators.

  • Andrew and Jan Aldrin – children of Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11
  • Rick Armstrong – son of Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11
  • Felix Baumgartner – Red Bull Stratos Pilot
  • Walt Cunningham – Apollo 7
  • Charlie Duke – Apollo 16, 10th man to walk on the moon
  • Jim Lovell – Apollo 8 and Apollo 13
  • Gerry Griffin – Apollo Flight Director
  • Fred Haise – Apollo 13

*  Apollo astronauts subject to change with limited notice.

ASTRONAUTS

WALT CUNNINGHAM – APOLLO 7

Walt Cunningham was on the prime crew for Apollo 2, before its cancellation, and the backup Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 1.

On October 11, 1969, Cunningham piloted the Apollo 7, the first manned flight test of the third generation U.S. spacecraft along with Walter M. Schirra, Jr. and Donn F. Eisele. This flight established a world record for the greatest mass lifted into orbit and is still to date the longest and most successful first test flight of a new flying machine.

CHARLIE DUKE – APOLLO 16

General Duke served in 5 different Apollo missions to the Moon:

  • member of the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 10
  • CAPCOM for Apollo 11, the first manned landing on the Moon
  • backup lunar module pilot on Apollo 13
  • lunar module pilot on Apollo 16
  • backup lunar module pilot on Apollo 17

As lunar module pilot of Apollo 16, April 16-27, 1972 Mr Duke was accompanied on the fifth manned lunar mission by John W. Young (spacecraft commander) and Thomas K. Mattingly II (command module pilot). Apollo 16 was the first scientific expedition to inspect, survey and sample materials and surface features in the Descartes region of the rugged lunar highlands. In four excursions onto the lunar surface, Duke and Young logged 20 hours and 15 minutes in extra-vehicular activities – involving the emplacement and activation of scientific equipment and experiments, the collection of nearly 213 pounds of rock and soil samples, and the evaluation and use of Rover-2 over the roughest and blockiest surface yet encountered on the Moon.

JIM LOVELL – Apollo 8 and Apollo 13

Lovell was pilot of Gemini 7 with Command Pilot Frank Borman in 1965, and Gemini 12 in November 1966 with Buzz Aldrin.

He is known for being the commander of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, which suffered a critical failure en route to the Moon but was brought back safely to Earth through the efforts of the crew and mission control. In addition to being part of the Apollo 13 crew, Lovell was the command module pilot of Apollo 8, the first Apollo mission to enter lunar orbit.

He is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon and the first of only three people to fly to the Moon twice as well as the only one to have flown there twice without making a landing.

FRED HAISE – APOLLO 13

Fred Haise is one of only 24 people to have flown to the Moon, having flown as Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 13.  He was to have been the sixth person to land and walk on the Moon, but the Apollo 13 mission was aborted before lunar landing.

Due to the free return trajectory on this mission, Haise, Jim Lovell and Jack Swigert, the other two astronauts on Apollo 13, likely hold the record for being the farthest distance from the Earth ever travelled by human beings.

Haise was slated to become the sixth human to walk on the Moon during Apollo 13 behind Lovell, who was to be fifth. Alan Shepard and Edgar Mitchell eventually became the fifth and sixth respectively on Apollo 14, which completed Apollo 13’s mission to the Fra Mauro formation.

 

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