APOLLO 50TH GALA LINE UP
This page will be updated regularly as more attendees are confirmed.
In attendance will
- Andrew and Jan Aldrin – children of Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11
- Rick Armstrong – son of Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11
- Felix Baumgartner – Red Bull Stratos Pilot
- Michael Collins – Gemini 10, Apollo 11
- Professor Brian Cox (OBE) – UK’s Rock star of physics
- Charlie Duke – Apollo 16, 10th man to walk on the moon
- Scott Kelly – Commander of the International Space Station (ISS) on 3 expeditions
- Jim Lovell – Apollo 8 and Apollo 13
- Gerry Griffin – Apollo Flight Director
- Rusty Schweickart -Apollo 9
* Apollo astronauts subject to change with limited notice.
MICHAEL COLLINS – Gemini 10, Apollo 11
Michael Collins (born October 31, 1930), (Major General, USAF, Ret.), is a former test pilot and NASA astronaut who flew in the Gemini and Apollo programs. Gemini 10 with John Young, set an altitude record, performed rendezvous with two EVA’s, Mike became the first person to perform more than one spacewalk. As the Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11 he remained in lunar orbit while Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first manned lunar landing.
After leaving NASA in 1970, Mike took a job in the State Department as Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs. In 1971, he was named Director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum overseeing its creation and opening in 1976. He remained there until 1978 when he became undersecretary of the Smithsonian Institution.
Mike is a watercolor painter and the author of several books including Carrying The Fire and Flying to the Moon.
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.
SCOTT KELLY – Commander of the International Space Station (ISS) on 3 expeditions
Scott Kelly is a former military fighter pilot and test pilot, an engineer, a retired astronaut, and a retired U.S. Navy Captain. A veteran of four space flights, Kelly commanded the International Space Station (ISS) on three expeditions and was a member of the yearlong mission to the ISS. In October 2015, he set the record for the total accumulated number of days spent in space, the single longest space mission by an American astronaut. (This record has since been broken.) With Kelly’s identical twin brother Mark Kelly also a former astronaut, they remain the only siblings to have travelled in space.
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.
RUSTY SCHWEICKART – APOLLO 9
Prior to his work with NASA, Rusty Schweickart served as a fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force and the Massachusetts Air National Guard.
He was selected as one of fourteen astronauts by NASA in 1963. Schweickart served as lunar module pilot for Apollo 9, the third manned flight of the Apollo program and the first manned flight of the lunar module, in March 1969. Schweickart completed a 46-minute EVA, aboard this flight, testing the portable life support backpack. Schweickart also served as backup commander for the first Skylab mission in 1973. He received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal for his lead role in assisting to save the mission after its thermal shield was destroyed during launch.
Following his time with NASA, Rusty served in various positions relating to science, technology and energy with the California state government. He later founded the Association of Space Explorers (ASE) and the B612 Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to developing and demonstrating capabilities to deflect asteroids from Earth impact.