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For Release: Jan. 25, 1996
Catherine E. Watson
(804) 864-6122
Release No. 96-001

Hampton: The Eagle Has Landed - Simulating The Apollo Moon Landings

Retired NASA research pilot Lee Person Jr. will discuss the various space simulators that were developed at NASA Langley in the 1960s to prepare astronauts for maneuvering in space and on the moon. These simulators include the Langley Lunar Landing Research Facility, which was used to simulate the lunar lander's last 150-foot descent to the surface of the moon. "Earthbound 'Flying' Simulators for Weightless Rendezvous and Lunar Landings" will be presented at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30, in the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., Hampton, Va. This presentation was originally scheduled for November 1995.

Person tested a variety of lunar-landing vehicle prototypes at the NASA Langley Lunar Landing Research Facility. Person will discuss the challenges in development of these simulators as well as in development of the rendezvous and docking simulator in NASA Langley's Flight Hangar. According to Person, his talk is on the "small steps to aid our knights in shining armor on their journey to the moon...and some dragons we encountered along the way."

Person is a graduate of the Naval Test Pilot School, a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and a recent recipient of the NASA Exceptional Service Medal. Person's flight experience includes nearly 10,000 hours in over 100 types of fixed-wing, rotary-wing and V/STOL aircraft. For the past 20 years he functioned as lead pilot for NASA's Advanced Transport Operating Systems (ATOPS) Program, spending most of his time in the aft research flight deck of NASA Langley's highly modified Boeing 737-100 aircraft.

The colloquium begins at 2 p.m., with a media briefing at 1:15 p.m. in the Wythe Room of the H.J.E. Reid Conference Center, 14 Langley Blvd., Hampton, Va. Media who wish to attend the briefing should contact Catherine Watson at (804) 864-6122.

NOTE: A listing of NASA Langley's contributions to the Apollo program are available in a fact sheet.


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