B612 Heads to San Diego for Apollo 9 50th Anniversary Gala

Daniel de Zeeuw
daniel@b612foundation.org

March 29, 2019

Members of the B612 community flew to San Diego from all over the country to celebrate the 50th anniversary of B612 co-founder Rusty Schweickart’s flight on Apollo 9.

The Air and Space Museum of San Diego, home to the Apollo 9 Command Module, hosted the mission’s astronauts – Jim McDivitt, Dave Scott and Rusty Schweickart – along with two of its Flight Directors – Gene Kranz and Gerry Griffin.

From Left to Right: Gerry Griffin, Jim McDivitt, Dave Scott, Rusty Schweickart and Gene Kranz in front of the original Apollo 9 Command Module.  (photo credit: Ken Stone/Times of San Diego)

 

Jim McDivitt, Dave Scott and Rusty Schweickart on stage during the crew panel discussion (photo credit: Ken Stone/Times of San Diego)

The night featured a reception, a dinner, and a rousing panel with the crew remembering the past heroes of the Apollo program and discussing the future of spaceflight (as well as stories about how bad Tang tasted and how Jim McDivitt and Dave Scott hid tapes from Rusty to prevent him from playing classical music on the flight).

You can see a full gallery of photos from the event here.

Asteroid Experts Dr. Paul Chodas (JPL), Dr. Mark Boslough (Los Alamos), and Dr. Clark Chapman (SWRI, B612 Board Member)

 

 

Daniel de Zeeuw
daniel@b612foundation.org