Fred Haise has joined the ranks of confirmed attendees at the “America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16” event at the San Diego Air & Space Museum on June 7. As Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 13, Haise planned to land on the surface of the moon and make a series of explorations. Instead, he battled to survive the journey around the moon and back home. He had previously served on the backup crews for Apollo 8 and Apollo 11. Later, he flew Space Shuttle Enterprise to three successful test landings, clearing the way for the shuttle to fly in space.
In addition to Haise, the other confirmed attendees as of May 15 include:
Charlie Duke– Apollo 16. The youngest astronaut to walk on the moon and CAPCOM for Apollo 11 – the historic first moon landing.
Walt Cunningham– Apollo 7. The first manned Apollo flight, following the disastrous Apollo 1 fire. Cunningham, Wally Schirra and Donn Eisele restored American confidence in space flight, leading to a moon landing less than a year later.
Al Worden – As Command Module Pilot for Apollo 15, the first extended scientific exploration of our moon, Worden spent six days orbiting our neighbor in space, including three days completely alone, the most isolated human in existence.
Gerry Griffin – Lead Flight Director for three moon landings – Apollo 12, 15 and 17 – and a key figure in resolving the Apollo 13 crisis. Griffin’s NASA vision was always forward looking, and he routinely consults on matters related to future deep space exploration.
Glynn Lunney – Apollo 13 Flight Director. During the Apollo 13 crisis, Lunney and his team faced the challenge of having to power up the lunar module, while transferring guidance and navigation data to it from the dying command module. An employee of NASA from its creation in 1958, and a key figure from the Mercury missions through to the Space Shuttle era, including overseeing the first international space mission.
Other invited VIPs (awaiting response):
Gene Kranz Apollo 13, Lead Flight Director (key character in the Apollo 13 movie).
Joe Engle – Apollo and Space Shuttle programs, the last living X-15 rocket plane pilot.
Tom Stafford– Apollo 10, Apollo-Soyuz, Gemini 6, Gemini 9.
David Scott– Apollo 9, Apollo 15 moonwalker, Gemini 8.
Dick Gordon– Apollo 12, Gemini 11.
Michael Collins– Apollo 11, the historic first moon landing, Gemini 10.
For more information and to purchase tickets for “America Celebrates the 45th Anniversary of Apollo 16” visit http://sandiegoairandspace.org/calendar/event/america-celebrates-the-45th-anniversary-of-apollo-16