Melissa Mathews/Beth Dickey
July 5, 2007
Apollo Lunar Lander Team to Share Lessons Learned With NASA
WASHINGTON -- On July 20, the 38th anniversary of the first moon landing, NASA will host more than a dozen retired members of an engineering team that worked on the Apollo-era spacecraft that carried astronauts to the lunar surface. The engineers will share lessons learned with current NASA employees in the Constellation Program, which will return astronauts to the moon by 2020.
Media are invited to attend a panel discussion with the retired engineers. The event will take place at 2:30 p.m. EDT in the NASA Headquarters auditorium, 300 E Street, S.W., Washington. Journalists at the event will be able to ask questions, along with NASA employees. Reporters interested in attending the panel discussion should contact Melissa Mathews at 202-358-1272 or Beth Dickey at 202-358-2087.
The retired engineers are former members of the Grumman Corporation's Lunar Module reliability and maintainability team. They are meeting in Washington to participate in technical discussions that will address such issues as testing, failure analysis and corrective action.
NASA is looking to build on the experiences of previous moon exploration experts, including those of the Grumman team. Similar discussions of lessons learned are going on throughout the Constellation Program.
For more on NASA's plans to return to the moon, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/exploration
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