Event: Joint Science/Technology Colloquium
Date: March 17, 2011
Time 2 pm
Place: Room 102, Yates Hall
Title: A BRIEF HISTORY OF NASA MANNED SPACEFLIGHT An Insider’s Viewpoint
Presenter: Alan Glines, former NASA employee in the Apollo Integrated Communications Office
As one of the original men of Apollo Mission Control Alan’s background covers many years of the evolution of manned space flight beginning with the two-man Gemini Project. He graduated from the University of Kansas in Electrical Engineering in 1966 and joined NASA in the area of spacecraft operations at their new Space Center in Houston in 1966. He rose to a primary position in the main control room by the time of the Apollo lunar landings. Insider stories of the key Apollo lunar landing missions will be detailed in this presentation as well as the Apollo 13 failure and recovery. Alan was cast in the first movie on Apollo 13 when Hollywood used the NASA control rooms for the filming back in 1971. Tom Hanks’ movie on Apollo 13 came later. Alan recently published a book entitled: A KANSAN CONQUERS THE COSMOS or “Spaced out all my life!”
Please come and listen the fascinating stories from the past of the US Space Program!