Retired Nasa Scientist to Share Memories of Apollo Launches

F. Don Cooper.

NASA launched Apollo 11 to the moon 50 years ago on July 16, 1969. What exactly did it take to accomplish this successful, history-making mission? Hear a behind-the-scenes account from one of the NASA scientists who helped make that dream a reality, at a special program, “The Apollo Mission: To the Moon and Back,” at several locations in the Fort Bend County library system this summer!

Retired physicist F. Don Cooper will share his experiences creating the technology that helped launch Apollo 11 in 1969, and the efforts that his team went through to successfully bring the Apollo 13 crew home safely in 1970. Cooper will also discuss the history of U.S. rockets, and his role in designing the Saturn V ascent guidance and trans-lunar targeting equations that would help make space travel possible.

Cooper will present at the George Memorial Library located at 1001 Golfview Dr. in Richmond on July 20th from 1 to 3 pm.

The program is free and open to the public. For more information, visit, or call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.