Explorer Series: Capt. Richard F. Gordon, Jr.
Time: Saturday, October 6, 2007 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm
As the World celebrates the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the Space Age, we welcome former astronaut Richard Gordon to share his experiences in the early days of human space exploration. He was born in Seattle and graduated from North Kitsap High School in Poulsbo. Capt. Gordon's first space flight was as pilot, along with Pete Conrad, aboard Gemini 11. This mission established an altitude record of 850 miles, a record that has only been broken by missions to the Moon. In November 1969, Gordon was the Command Module Pilot for Apollo 12 and tended the Command/Service Module in lunar orbit while astronauts Conrad and Bean conducted the first pin-point landing on the lunar surface. After retiring from NASA in 1972, he has been engaged in a number of ventures, and in 1984, he was technical advisor for and played the part of "Capcom" in the CBS mini-series Space by James Michener.