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Breakfast on the Moon with Apollo 13 Commander

On Saturday morning, April 11th, from 7:00-9:00 AM PDT (2:00-4:00 PM UTC), the National Space Society (NSS) Chapters’ Assembly and the Sacramento L5 Society NSS chapter will host the latest in their ongoing series celebrating the various 50th anniversaries of the manned Apollo missions to the Moon. (We call these celebrations “Breakfast on the Moon,” since we begin these virtual meetings very early in the morning on the West Coast in order to reach folks east of us, clear around to the other side of the world – while everyone’s still awake!)
For the Apollo 13 event, we are tremendously excited to be able to announce that our list of speakers will be headlined by Apollo 13 Mission Commander James Lovell, who has taped an interview especially for NSS. And to make this particular event even more special, Captain Lovell will speak about both Apollo 13 and his earlier trip to the Moon aboard Apollo 8, giving us a “two for one” Apollo manned mission celebration!
Breakfast #3 will be slightly different in a few ways from the earlier events. First, while mainly honoring Apollo 13’s 50th anniversary, we will also be honoring three other pivotal space events that took place in April: The 59th anniversary of the first human flight into space by Yuri Gagarin aboard Vostok 1 (April 12, 1961); the 39th anniversary of the first operational flight of the Space Shuttle aka STS-1 (April 12, 1981); and the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope (April 24th, 1990).
Here’s the schedule for the speakers at Breakfast #3:
  • Joseph Bland, moderator;
  • Captain James Lovell, on Apollo 13 (4/11/1970) and Apollo 8 (12/21/1968) – taped interview;
  • Christopher Carson, on Apollo missions and the Moon’s future;
  • Janet Ivey, NSS governor/Janet’s Planet, on Space Exploration Day;
  • Mark and Karen Lucas, on Vostok 1 and Yuri’s Night (4/12/1961);
  • Fred Becker, on Space Shuttle STS-1 (39th anniversary, April 4/12/1981);
  • Anita Gale, NSS Board of Directors, on Shuttle mission history;
  • William Johnston, on Hubble Space Telescope (30th anniversary, April 24) – taped interview.
Regarding the particulars of the celebration, the actual live session will be limited to 100 reserved seats. Some seats are already reserved for Chapters’ Assembly Representatives and special guests. All others are on a first come, first served basis. To reserve a seat, please contact Joseph Bland, NSS Chapters’ Assembly Chair, at [email protected]. We will then put you on the list and send you the information you will need to attend the Zoom session.
We will also attempt a simulcast on YouTube Live. To access the YouTube Live event, go to the Sacramento L5 Society YouTube channel.–k19f3t7qoZjhtgHA We will begin broadcasting a few minutes before 7:00 AM PDT.
In addition, we will publish the eight (8) segments of the celebration on the NSS YouTube site as quickly as possible. We are hoping to be able to do so within a few hours of the end of the presentation.
Once again, here is the time and the date for the Zoom celebration:
               Saturday morning, April 11, 2020
               7:00 AM to ~9:00 AM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time)
Please mark your calendars!
Lastly, thank you to all NSS members who helped set up this effort! It’s my hope that, in these trying times, this celebration can help to lift the spirits of a lot of folks, the world over!
Ad Astra!
Joseph Bland
Chair, NSS Chapters’ Assembly
President, Sacramento L5 Society

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