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AIAA-SF Annual Banquet celebrating 50th anniversary of Apollo 11

hornet celebrationThis year, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 by hosting our annual banquet on the USS Hornet, the aircraft carrier that picked up the crew of Apollo 11 from the Pacific Ocean. During this event, we will have a buffet style dinner in the ship’s officers wardroom, a talk about the Apollo 11 Earth Landing System given by Anthony Smith, an engineer who was directly involved in its development, an awards session, and finally there will be a special Apollo 11 themed guided tour aboard the ship, including a special exhibit on the same theme.

This talk will consist of two main parts. The first part focuses on the pre-Apollo history, and gives a 10-year timespan overview of several milestones of the space program up to, and including, Apollo 11. The second part elaborates on the personal experiences of the speaker by means of a pre-recorded interview which was made for the Hornet Museum Archives. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Sunday, 09/15/19


Thomas Lombaerts

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$54 General, $44 Members, $24 Students

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USS Hornet

707 W Hornet Ave
Alameda, CA 94501