The USS Hornet Museum will host Splashdown 45 to commemorate the 45th anniversary of the return of Apollo 11. The USS Hornet was the recovery ship. Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, will be the special guest at the July 26th event.
Bob Fish, a museum board trustee, talks about the history of the USS Hornet Museum, how it was saved from the scrap heap and now has a new life as a STEM education and museum facility in Alameda. He also discusses the importance of the space program.
Jose Hernandez, an engineer and former NASA astronaut, tells the story of growing up in Mexico and the California Central Valley, the son of migrant farm workers, picking cucumbers 8 hours a day all summer. He watched on television as the Apollo 17 astronauts walked on the moon and decided he would be an astronaut when he grew up. His parents encouraged him and after being rejected by NASA eleven times, (most applicants don’t get in the first try…) he was accepted and was the flight engineer on STS 128. He also talks about the importance of continuing space exploration as a way to inspire students, create jobs, and develop new technologies.