Apollo 40

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Destination Moon

The 40th Anniversary of the Apollo program

This series of commemorative rocket launch flights are staged by FLARE, the Fellowship of Las Cruces Area Rocketry Enthusiasts. We will launch scale models of both Historic White Sands rocketships, and Apollo era spacecraft.

Find out about the completed Apollo 8, Apollo 9, Apollo 10, Apollo 11, Apollo 12, Apollo 13, Apollo 14, Apollo 15, and Apollo 16 events.

Apollo 11 commemoration
Thursday July 16th, 2009
Alamogordo Exhibition

Although the temperature hovered around 100°F for much of the day, the event was well attended. We also had an very interesting guest speaker, Michael Lennick of Foolish Earthling Productions, and the special viewing of an episode of his Discovery Channel program Rocket Science, Episode 11 in the IMAX Theater. Press turnout was quite high. We had the benefit of larger media attention to Apollo 11 nation-wide, as it resulted in the first landing on the moon.

The Launch

845-900 Historic Rockets of White Sands Demonstration
900-915 Historic NASA Manned Space Vehicles Launch Demonstration
915-930 Guest Speaker Presentation
930-940 Apollo 11 Launch Reenactment 
10:00 - 11:00 Michael Lennick, filmmaker and producer, presents his Discovery Channel production "Rocket Science" Episode 11 in the IMAX
11:00 - 12:00 Inside the museum: Dr. Beth O'Leary, author “The Handbook of Space Engineering, Archaeology and Heritage” , lecture and book signing 
1230-1240 Encore Apollo 11 Launch Reenactment 
1:00 - 2:00  Michael Lennick, filmmaker and producer, presents his Discovery Channel production "Rocket Science" Episode 11 in the IMAX

This event was marked by five mi s-fires, which slowed things down. Very unusual. We also enjoyed some attention from some F22 Raptors who flew over the show and produced sonic booms for our show. This was not coordinated by us. It was a delightful surprise. Museum staff noted that Holloman Air Force Base never fly supersonic over populated areas, and that the pilots must have been aware of our special event. The final sonic boom just happened to coincide with the "re-entry" of a Space Shuttle glider as it crused toward a landing in the parking lot.

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