Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Sheckel to present on Apollo program

Larry Scheckel, retired Tomah High School Physics teacher, will present a program commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo program and Americans landing on the Moon. This PowerPoint presentation, followed by a discussion, will be held on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the new Tomah Historical Society Museum at 321 Superior Ave. (formerly the Shutter grocery building).

Scheckel will take us through the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo program with emphasis on “Whatever happened to those guys that walked on the Moon.”  How did they fulfill President Kennedy’s vision of “putting a man on the Moon and returning him safety to Earth before the end of the decade.”  How did those 12 astronauts handle the fame and adulation?

Scheckel will discuss his involvement with the Teacher in Space program in the mid-1980s. This program resulted in the selection of Christa McAuliffe to be part of the Space Shuttle Challenger crew in January 1986. Light refreshments will be served. Jim Weinzatl, Executive Director of the Tomah Museum invites the public to come and enjoy this exciting presentation.

 

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