“Apollo in My Rear View Mirror” is the name of the talk Aerospace Engineer Dan Schneider will share as he offers first hand experience working in the space program from 1963 through 1972.
Schneider’s presentation will be at The Plains Indians & Pioneers Museum Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m.
“He was one of the gentleman who worked behind the scenes,” Museum Director Robert Roberson said. “He's going to tell of some of the interesting things that happened behind the scenes that nobody knows about.”
According to The American Society of Mechanical Engineers, approximately 400,000 engineers, scientists and technicians worked on the Apollo space program.
“The thing about it is that when Kennedy said that we were going to land on the moon within 10 years, they started from scratch. There was nothing. There was none of those moon suits or the rover, the lander, none of that. They had to invent everything from the beginning, which is quite a feat when you think about it,” Roberson said.
Schneider worked closely with Dr. Wernher von Braun and was part of the Flight Operations Team in Houston during the Apollo 11 lunar landing, according to the museum newsletter.
NWOSU-Woodard Dean and Professor of History Dr. Deena Fisher will introduce Schneider, providing historical context for the program. Fisher will also provide history of the Apollo program and the geopolitical race to the moon.
The museum has a display of memorabilia and models belonging to local individuals as well as the video of the actual moon landing for visitors to watch.