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Astronomer Shares What Made The Apollo 11 Mission Possible

The official crew portrait of the Apollo 11 astronauts. (From left) Neil A. Armstrong, commander; Michael Collins, module pilot; Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin, lunar module pilot.

Every month, Lake Effect contributor and astronomer Jean Creighton joins us to talk about the universe and our solar system within it. This time, she talks about the resources, effort, and partnerships that made sending Apollo 11 to the moon possible.

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Creighton says NASA had to work with 20,000 companies to make the mission possible.

“It also required significant organization to make sure that you specified what you needed, and then you worked with the various companies to ensure you got what you asked for ...”

The Planetarium is hosting a Lunar Anniversary party Sunday, July 21. 

Bonnie North
Bonnie joined WUWM in March 2006 as the Arts Producer of the locally produced weekday magazine program Lake Effect.
Dr. Jean Creighton has always been inspired by how the cosmos works. She was born in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Athens, Greece where her mother claims she showed a great interest in how stars form from the age of five.