World can watch portion of the prestigious Apollo 50thGala live via five online platforms


The 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 is a reminder that the historic Moon landing took a huge team of 400,000 to make the mission a success. On July 16, during the Apollo 50th Gala, presented by Northrop Grumman, a special panel presentation will take place to reunite many of the players to reminisce and reflect on the teamwork that got man on the Moon. Cisco Systems, Inc.will use its Webex technology to connect three distinct teams in different locations to maximize the breadth and depth of the panel.

People around the world can watch live online via one of the following:



Webex will connect the following groups during the panel:

·Apollo astronauts and mission control personnel (appearing live at the gala at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex–Mike Collins (Apollo 11 astronaut); Charles Duke (Apollo 16 astronaut); Rusty Schweickart (Apollo 9 astronaut); Gerry Griffin (Apollo flight director).

·Satellite trackers in Canberra, Australia– Members of the 1969 Australian crew that received and relayed to the world the first historic TV images of Neil Armstrong walking on the Moon: John Saxon, Mike Dinn and Hamish Lindsay.

·Recovery specialists aboard the USS Hornet in San Francisco Bay– Members of the 1969 USS Hornet crew who helped recover the Apollo 11 astronauts from the Pacific Ocean after splashdown on July 24, 1969: John McLachlan, Larry Silva and Sergeant Joe Holt.


Tuesday, July 16, 2019; broadcast begins live at 8:45 p.m. EDT


The Apollo 50th Gala will be hosted on the date that Apollo 11 launched from Cape Canaveral,

Florida on July 16, 1969. Hundreds of guests will attend the celebration, which will feature a panel discussion with space legends of Apollo, live and silent auctions with one-of-a-kind space memorabilia, and awards to recognize individuals who are pioneering space and moulding the next-generation workforce.

All proceeds raised from the event will benefit theAldrin Family Foundation and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.

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