Join Richard Stachurski for a reading from his memoir Below Tranquility Base, a ride along a most unlikely career path that led him from an Air Force bunker in South Dakota to a mission control room in Houston for a front-row seat to humanity’s first steps on the moon.
On July 16, 1969 at 8:27 am, Flight Director Cliff Charlesworth polled the flight controllers in the Houston Mission Operations Control Room asking for a final GO/NO-GO for the launch of Apollo 11. He ran through his list,
“BOOSTER, how are you?”
“We’re GO, FLIGHT.”
Finally he reached the fifth call out on his list,
“NETWORK, you got it all? Everything up?”
“That’s affirmative, FLIGHT.”
A twenty-eight year old U.S. Air Force captain, liberal arts graduate, and history major, sitting in a room full of bona fide rocket scientists, had just committed a worldwide network of tracking stations, ships, and aircraft to the successful completion of man’s first attempt to land on an extraterrestrial body. Richard's reading will be followed by a show and tell of documents from the Apollo 11 mission as well as a Q&A.