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Friday, November 2nd, 2018
A Flight Controller's Story
by Bill Weppner
Former NASA Flight Controller
Associate Professor of Mathematics
MSEE University of Oklahoma
Retired US Air Force
As we approach the 50th anniversary of the Historic Apollo Moon Landings, The Memphis Astronomical Society is honored to announce that we will have Bill Weppner- former NASA Flight Controller- share his "Apollo Memories".
He was in the control room the day Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took their "one giant leap for mankind", he was there during the infamous Apollo 8 mission when mankind left low Earth orbit for the first time, and he was there for the "successful failure" of the Apollo 13 mission- later turned into a Ron Howard film staring Tom Hanks.
Bill Weppner- retired US Air Force, MSEE University of Oklahoma, Associate Professor of Mathematics Southwest Tennessee Community College, and former NASA Flight Controller (March 1968 - July 1970) will share his Apollo Story:
• How we traveled all the way to the moon, only to discover the Earth!
• How the Apollo 11 computer said, “Uh! Oh!”, but GUIDO said, “GO!”
• How the command, “SCE to AUX” saved Apollo 12.
• Whether we could’ve reached the moon with today’s smart phone.
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About the M.A.S.
The Memphis Astronomical Society, or M.A.S., is a public service organization which promotes understanding of the science of astronomy through free public lectures and demonstrations. Members are seldom professional astronomers. We work in many different occupations, some in the sciences, but most in other fields. We are amateurs in the basic sense of the word: we study astronomy because we love it. We seek to learn more about it through reading, conversation with other astronomers, professional as well as amateur, and especially through direct observation of celestial objects.
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P.O. Box 871
Cordova, TN 38088-0871