Space Shuttle astronaut to mark 50th anniversary of Apollo moon landing

ALAMEDA — A former NASA astronaut who flew on three Space Shuttle missions and spent 196 days aboard the International Space Station will give a talk Sunday to mark the 50th anniversary of the second Moon landing.

The talk from Daniel Bursch will take place aboard the USS Hornet Sea, Air and Space Museum, the decommissioned aircraft carrier that picked up the crew of Apollo 12 on Nov. 24, 1969 from the Pacific Ocean after their historic mission.

Just months earlier the ship recovered astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins following the first lunar landing.

A retired U.S. Navy captain, Bursch fled aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery in September 1993; on a mission aboard the shuttle Endeavor between September and October 1994; and again aboard another flight on Endeavor in May 1996.

Bursch also traveled aboard Endeavor in December 2001 to the International Space Station, where he spent more than six months before returning to Earth. At the time the mission, which included NASA crew mate Carl Walz, set a new record for the longest duration spaceflight for American astronauts.

Bursch’s talk at the USS Hornet will begin at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Afterward Hornet historian Bill Miklos will provide a power point presentation about the Apollo 12 flight and its recovery in 1969. The astronauts who took part in the Apollo mission were Charles “Pete” Conrad, Richard Gordon and Alan Bean.

As part of commemorating the Apollo 12 recovery author Bob Fish also will sign copies of his book, “Hornet Plus Three,” on Sunday aboard the ship.

Normal museum admission rates will apply. Tickets are $20 adults; $15 for seniors, military and students; $10 for youth; and free for children under age 6 and museum members.

The USS Hornet is located 707 W Hornet Ave, Pier 3, in Alameda. Call 510-521-8448 or e-mail info@uss-hornet.org for information.

Source:: The Mercury News – Lifestyle

      

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