Mission Control Flight Director Gerry Griffin – National Space Centre Live Q&A

Join the National Space Centre for a live Q&A session with Apollo 17 Mission Control Flight Director Gerry Griffin, as part of their LIVE Space Q&A sessions this Friday December 11th.

Join the National Space centre on Facebook Live on Friday 11 December at 19:00 GMT for a Q&A with the man in the driving seat for last crewed mission to the Moon, Flight Director in Mission Control Gerry Griffin.
Launching on 07 December 1972 Apollo 17 was the final Moon landing mission of NASA’s Apollo program, and remains the most recent time humans have travelled beyond low Earth orbit. 

On 11 December Commander Eugene Cernan and Lunar Module Pilot Harrison Schmitt landed in the Taurus–Littrow valley and completed three moonwalks, collecting lunar samples, including the sample on display in the Rocket Tower at the National Space Centre. The mission broke several crewed spaceflight records: the longest period spent on the lunar surface, longest total extravehicular activities (moonwalks), largest lunar sample return, longest time in lunar orbit, and, at 75, most lunar orbits.

Join us on Facebook live as we talk to the man in the driving seat for this mission, Flight Director in Mission Control Gerry Griffin.

About Gerry 

Gerry Griffin is the former Director of the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. At NASA he also served as the Deputy Director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Hugh F. Dryden (now Neil A. Armstrong) Flight Research Center in California.

During NASA’s Apollo Program, Gerry was a Flight Director in Mission Control and served in this capacity for all of the Apollo manned missions, Apollo 7 through Apollo 17. Gerry was the Lead Flight Director for Apollo 12, Apollo 15 and Apollo 17.  He and his “Gold” team conducted half of the lunar landings made during Apollo:  Apollo’s 14, 16, & 17. Gerry’s team was scheduled to conduct the landing of Apollo 13, and when the landing was cancelled as a result of an oxygen tank explosion his team played a key role in the safe return of the astronauts. 

Because of his real life role as a Flight Director during the flight of Apollo 13 Gerry was a technical advisor for the movie Apollo 13. Later he was a technical advisor for and an actor in the movies Contact and Deep Impact. Gerry is a member of the Screen Actors Guild. Today Gerry is a technical and management consultant for a broad range of clients.  He also is a frequent speaker/lecturer in the USA and abroad on past, current, and future space programs including those carried out by governments and commercial space companies.

How do I ask a question?Ask your questions in advance on the Facebook event page.

How to watch the LIVE session? Watch live at 19:00 on Facebook on 11 December 2020. The session will go live at this time, or just after.

Can I watch the session at a later date?Yes, the session will remain on Facebook after the event for you to watch at any time.

Who is this session suitable for?
Anybody and everybody with an interest in the past, present and future of space exploration. 

Is there a cost to watch the session?No, please do not follow third party links that ask for information or money to participate. This is a FREE session.

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