2009-08-06 / Local & State

Attend 40th Anniversary Of Apollo Moon Landing


"Houston ... the Eagle has landed!" Six hours later, astronaut Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. That day marked the historic event of the Apollo 11 Lunar landing. The 40th anniversary of that memorable occasion was celebrated at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on July 18, 2009. Harold (Dick) and Mary (Martz) Largent, right, along with friends and previous acquaintances, most of whom are currently retired from the Space Center's engineering and development divisions, gathered for the reunion in recognition of the Apollo program accomplishment and seized the opportunity to renew old friendships with former co-workers. An abundance of stories were exchanged regarding personal experiences with engineering challenges, program crises and personal sacrifices, all of which contributed one way or another to the successful lunar landing. Largent was employed by NASA as an instrumentation engineer at the Space Center for 36 years before retiring in 1995. The Largents have two sons. Chris lives in Denver, Colo., and Scott lives with family in The Woodlands near Houston, Texas. Dick and Mary currently reside in Pasadena, Texas, and enjoy a trip to Fulton County each year to visit with family and friends. "Houston ... the Eagle has landed!" Six hours later, astronaut Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969. That day marked the historic event of the Apollo 11 Lunar landing. The 40th anniversary of that memorable occasion was celebrated at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, on July 18, 2009. Harold (Dick) and Mary (Martz) Largent, right, along with friends and previous acquaintances, most of whom are currently retired from the Space Center's engineering and development divisions, gathered for the reunion in recognition of the Apollo program accomplishment and seized the opportunity to renew old friendships with former co-workers. An abundance of stories were exchanged regarding personal experiences with engineering challenges, program crises and personal sacrifices, all of which contributed one way or another to the successful lunar landing. Largent was employed by NASA as an instrumentation engineer at the Space Center for 36 years before retiring in 1995. The Largents have two sons. Chris lives in Denver, Colo., and Scott lives with family in The Woodlands near Houston, Texas. Dick and Mary currently reside in Pasadena, Texas, and enjoy a trip to Fulton County each year to visit with family and friends.

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