Capt. Deborah Barnhart, PhD, US Navy Ret., the CEO of the US Space & Rocket Center, discusses the mission of one of the world’s leading space museums, key elements from its collection in Huntsville, Ala., the legacy of its founder, legendary rocket engineer Werner von Braun, and commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian.
Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, USAF Ret., legendary NASA astronaut discusses the Apollo 10 moon mission he commanded between May 18-26, 1969, that paved the way for Apollo 11’s historic landing two months later discusses the importance of his mission to test the Lunar Module in lunar orbit, the need to commemorate the moon program, lessons from the massive national effort to beat the Soviets, the Trump administration’s plan to return to the moon and more with Defense & Aerospace Report Editor Vago Muradian. The interview was recorded on May 24, 2019, five decades earlier to the day, Stafford and his crew mates John Young and Gene Cernan began their return to Earth, becoming the fastest humans in history by achieving a top speed of 24,791 mph. Aside from commanding Apollo 10, Stafford was pilot aboard Gemini 6A, commanded by Wally Schirra, for the first Earth orbit rendezvous with Gemini 7, commanded by Frank Borman and piloted by Jim Lovell. Stafford also commanded Gemini 9 with Cernan as pilot as well as the US portion of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first rendezvous between an American and Soviet spacecraft in July 1975.