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Reflecting On The Moon Landing, 50 Years Later

Fifty years ago, man walked on the moon. But before that happened, millions held their breath at each stage of the Apollo 11 mission, starting with the launch.

This hour we talk about the lasting impact of this historic moment--a feat of engineering, science, and political will. 

We also look at the pivotal role Connecticut technology played in spaceflight, and hear how engineers in this state helped make that “one small step” possible. 

Do you remember watching the moon landing? We want to hear from you.

Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter.


  • Andy Poniros - NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador, and host of the “Cosmic Perspectives” radio show on WPKN in Bridgeport (@Andy_SSA)
  • Ed O’Connor – Former Engineer with Hamilton Standard (now Collins Aerospace) who worked on the lunar module.
  • Donald Rethke - Retired aerospace engineer from Hamilton Standard who worked on the life support systems for Apollo 11; he goes by the nickname “Dr. Flush”
  • Dr. Jennifer Piatek - Associate Professor of Planetary Geology at CCSU

Chion Wolf contributed to this show.

Lucy is the Executive Producer and Host of Connecticut Public's morning talk show, 'Where We Live.' She’s a longtime public radio reporter covering several beats including immigration, juvenile justice and child welfare issues, education, veterans affairs and the military.
Carmen Baskauf was a producer for Connecticut Public Radio's news-talk show Where We Live, hosted by Lucy Nalpathanchil from 2017-2021. She has also contributed to The Colin McEnroe Show.

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