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John L. Anderson was born September 29, 1945, in Wilmington, DE, where he attended Mount Pleasant High School. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware in 1967, and MS and PhD degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1969 and 1971, all in chemical engineering.
He was most recently Distinguished ...
Thomas Stafford has logged nearly 521 hours in space, flying six rendezvous on four types of spacecraft. In 1965 he piloted Gemini VI, the first rendezvous in space, and in 1966, commanding Gemini IX, he demonstrated a rendezvous used in the Apollo lunar missions. He headed the mission planning analysis and software development for Project Apollo, ...
Selected to the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1996, Dr. Magnus flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002 and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011. She also flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in 2008, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after 4½ months on ...
Charles Bolden Jr. was NASA administrator from 2009 to 2017, overseeing the transition from the Space Shuttle system to a new era of exploration focused on the International Space Station (ISS) and aeronautics technology development. He is now president and CEO of the Bolden Consulting Group LLC.
During his 34-year career with the Marine Corps, ...
Bob Crippen was the pilot of the first Space Shuttle flight in April 1981 and went on to command three other Space Shuttle missions. He has logged more than 565 hours in space and orbited the earth 374 times.
During his 30 years in the United States Navy, he was an attack pilot aboard the USS Independence and then a test pilot instructor at ...
HUMAN SPACE FLIGHT: APOLLO 50 YEARS ON
“No single space project,” President Kennedy said in May 1961, “will be more exciting,
or more impressive to mankind, or more important…
and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish.”
It was indeed accomplished! Apollo 8 lifted off for a lunar mission in December 1968 and, just months later, in July 1969, the first human steps on the moon dramatically changed the trajectory of thought on engineering achievements. New sciences, technological applications, and business practices emerged from this rigorous systems engineering effort that, 50 years later, continues to fuel the imagination and ambition of countless engineers. Engineering has enabled the International Space Station and the investigation of once far-fetched ideas such as permanent colonies on the moon and human missions to Mars and beyond.
At this year’s NAE annual meeting, we will reflect on this inspiring trajectory of ingenuity, achievements, and lessons, starting from the Apollo mission—why it still resonates and remains relevant and meaningful for current exploration and discovery. In addition to reviewing technical achievements and social implications, the speakers will discuss the nature of modern global collaboration and competition as well as implications for future exploration, workforce development, and public engagement.
Sunday October 6: Brunch, Remarks by NAE Chair, followed by the NAE President's Address, Induction Ceremony, Awards Program, Plenary Speakers and a Reception
Monday October 7: NAE Business Session followed by The Forum. Sections meetings will take place in the afternoon. Dinner and Dancing.