Monday, July 27, 2009

The Eagle Has Landed at Auburn University

In commemoration of the Moon landing 40 years ago, Auburn University hosted a symposium on July 16th. The event was put together by Dr. James R. Hansen, Auburn University History Professor and Director of the Honors College. Dr. Hansen invited several speakers including retired NASA director Dr. Michael Griffin, to speak about the space program and specifically the Moon landing. The days events were capped off with a showing of the original CBS news footage of the Apollo 11 launch, and a documentary film "Moonwalk One". The lectures were also made available via podcast for those who weren't able to attend. I have posted the podcast videos below for everyone to enjoy. The first video is the symposium introduction, presented by Dr. James Hansen. The second video is "Keys to Apollo's Success and What They Should Mean for Our Future in Space" presented by Dr. Michael Griffin, former NASA Administrator and current Professor of Engineering at the University of Alabama at Huntsville. The third video is "Why the Moon Is Important" presented by Dr. Richard Miller, University of Alabama at Huntsville Astrophysicist and Lunar Expert. The fourth video is "The Remarkable Saturn V" presented by Dr. Roy Hartfield, Auburn University Professor of Aerospace Engineering. The fifth video is "The Genesis of the Lunar Landing Vehicle" presented by Dr. Christian Gelzer, Chief Historian, NASA Dryden Research Center. The sixth video is "Behind-the-Scenes & Unsung Heroes of the Moon Landings" presented by Mr. Andrew T. Baird, Auburn University Doctoral candidate and Columbus State University History Instructor. The seventh video is "We Came in Peace for All Mankind: The Untold Story of the Apollo 11 Silicon Disk" presented by Dr. Tahir Rahman, M.D., author of book by same title. The eighth and final video is "Armstrong and Aldrin: The First Men on the Moon as Global Icons" presented by Dr. James R. Hansen, Auburn University History Professor and Neil Armstrong Biographer.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

FAR Part 139 Quiz 1

Ask anyone in the aviation industry and they will tell you that FAR Part 139 is one of the most important regulations to know in order to be successful in an airport career. Here is the first in a series of quizzes that I have put together to help test your knowledge of Part 139. Check back periodically for other quizzes covering the rest of Part 139. I would love to here what you think so please be sure to leave me comments and suggestions.

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