The first television broadcast from a manned, orbiting American spacecraft came from the crew of Apollo 7 in October of 1968. The world was watching as mission commander Walter Schirra held up a sign reading “Keep Those Cards and Letters Coming in Folks”, as his shipmates floated around in space. The crew even won an Emmy in 1969 for their efforts. Learn why the first broadcast didn’t go exactly as planned in this Friday’s Launch Pad Lecture beginning at 9:00 am on the museum’s first floor. (Photo courtesy NASA)
Each Apollo mission had specific objectives, and those for Apollo 7 were critical to the success of the lunar landing program. There were several firsts accomplished, not only by the spacecraft but by the crew as well.
Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll on Friday, October 5 for the free Launch Pad Lecture “Live From Outer Space: The Flight of Apollo 7” at 9:00 a.m. on the first floor of the museum.
The Launch Pad Lecture is free to the public and is held at 9 a.m. on the Museum’s first floor on the first Friday of each month. Coffee and donuts are compliments of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation.
The next Launch Pad Lecture will be on November 2, 2018, and the topic will be From the Earth to the Moon: Science Fiction to Science Fact with Museum Education Specialist Michael Shinabery.
The Launch Pad Lectures are streamed live on Periscope and are available after the lecture on the museum’s YouTube channel.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 (toll free 1-877-333-6589) or visit the website at website or ‘like’ their Facebook page.