For all mankind
In May 2014 Gary Fildes our founder Director went off to sunny Pasadena California to the Spacefest 6 conference. His aim was to meet, interview and produce a series of videos that would pay tribute to the thousands of men and women of the NASA Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, that have over the decades, devoted their lives to furthering humankind. This remarkable group of people worked together to fulfil the dream of President Kennedy that mankind would walk on the Moon. Between 1969 and 1972, 12 people did just that.
To this day this was seen as our "finest technical achievement" The whole of the Apollo programme demonstrated the strength and dedication of the human spirit, that we are pioneers that strive to understand and learn more, to make technology that helps us better understand our place in the universe.
If at some point in the future we do "make contact" or find life on other worlds, or closer in time, when we do land on Mars, those pioneers will be proud that they forged the way forward.. and we should be proud of them, for all they acheieved.
As even to this day, they talk of the "glance over their shoulders", a glance back to our blue planet, seeing it not as we do now from low Earth orbit, filling the view, but as a pale blue dot in the vastness of space. And we as humankind will hopefully remember where it all started..
This is our tribute..
Here are some of the videos we made with these remarkable people, with more to come soon
Dave Scott - Apollo 15/9 01 of 10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6XBiujZZE4
Bruce McCandless - MMU and Apollo Camcom 02 of 10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmIRE7IP1_E
Edgar Mitchell - Apollo 14 03 of 10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVNWS8gsTQI
Sy Liebergot - Apollo EECOM 04 of 10 http://youtu.be/GEbBLZz6YV0
Fred Haise - Apollo 13/STS Test 05 of 10 http://youtu.be/wQONjn1tULs
Rusty Schweickart - Apollo 9 06 of 10 http://youtu.be/HP7GvPepjOM
Kielder Observatory would like to thank Glenn Perry of In House Films and former Deputy Director Nick Howes for all their help in making these films possible, and to the team at Novaspace who organise and make Spacefest the greatest astronaut and space science conference in the world.
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