SEATTLE, July 17, 2009
--On July 20--exactly 40 years since Apollo 11 astronauts became the first humans on the Moon-NASA and the Newseum museum of news in Washington, D.C. are hosting a special public program commemorating this historic event. Originating at the Newseum and broadcast on NASA TV, the panel features Laurie Leshin, Deputy Director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and three Apollo program astronauts who have left their footprints on the lunar surface: Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Alan L. Bean (Apollo 12), and Charles M. Duke, Jr. (Apollo 16). "The Apollo Legacy: The Moon and Beyond," will also feature Space Shuttle mission specialist John Grunsfeld. Grunsfeld was the lead spacewalker during the recent Hubble Space Telescope service mission (STS-125). Veteran journalist Nick Clooney will moderate the program. The Museum of Flight will screen this event at 11 a.m. on the big screen in the William M. Allen Theater.
This special broadcast is part of The Museum of Flight's July celebration of Apollo 11 that includes an exhibit of original artwork of Apollo 11 by NASA artist Paul Calle, the NASA "Vision for Space Exploration" Mobile Exhibit, public programs with NASA speakers, and a temporary display of Apollo 10 astronaut John Young's space suit. These special events are in addition to the many Apollo artifacts on permanent display in the Museum's space gallery.