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AIAA LA-LV Celebrates Neil's Day 2022

the Anniversaries of
Apollo 11 Moon Landing (53rd) and
Vikings Mars Landing (46th)

2022 July 16, 9 AM PDT (US and Canada)

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Speakers and Panelists
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An AIAA LA-LV Neil's Day Special Presentation:
"Neil’s Remarkable Poise Under Pressure"
Dr. Christian Gelzer
Chief Historian
Logical Innovations, Inc
NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center
(Dr. Gelzer is also the panel moderator)

How a simple plan got me to mission control for Apollo 11 and could change your life too."
Dr. Lawrence Kuznetz
Former NASA Senior Scientist and Aerospace Engineer

Ms. Michelle Evans
AIAA Distinguished Speaker, AIAA Member
Author, bestselling book “The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space”
Founder and President, Mach 25 Media (www.Mach25Media.com)
Writer, Photographer, and Communications Specialist in aerospace

Mr. Aldo Spadoni
AIAA / IAAA Member
Northrop Grumman - Retired
Aerospace Artist

"CHASE - Commercial Human Spaceflight Expeditions:
BuzzCraft: Evolution of Cislunar Architecture for 2024 Artemis Lunar Landing & Beyond"
Prof. Madhu Thangavelu
Director and Faculty Member, USC / ISU

"Virtual Moon AR/VR Demo
– A Virtual Spacetime Portal to the Moon"
Mr. Philippe Van Nedervelde
Award winning VR creator, space settlement advocate, futurist

"Aneutronic Fusion Prototype"
Mr. Alan Simmons
Designer and Digital Artist
for Animation, Games and Live Action "Film"

"Use your STEM Industry Experience to Change Lives!"
Ms. Leah Rodriguez
Teaching Fellowship Recruiter
Tentative Agenda (All Time PDT (Pacific Daylight Time, US and Canada))
09:00 AM PDT: Welcome and AIAA LA-LV Introduction
09:05 AM PDT: Dr. Christian Gelzer
10:15 AM PDT: Panel Discussion (Dr. Christian Gelzer (also panel moderator), Ms. Michelle Evans, Mr. Aldo Spadoni, Mr. Alan Simmons)
Panel theme: "Apollo 11 / Vikings Impacts and Inspirations for the Next Generations, STEAM Education, and the American Space Program."
11:05 AM PDT: Ms. Leah Rodriguez (Exhibitor)
11:20 AM PDT: Mr. Philippe Van Nedervelde
12:05 AM PDT: Dr. Lawrence Kuznetz
01:15 PM PDT: Prof. Madhu Thangavelu
01:40 PM PDT: Adjourn


Dr. Christian Gelzer taught history at Auburn University before coming to NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in 2002, where he serves as the center’s historian. He has authored three books, co-authored or contributed to four, and edited another nine. Gelzer has published in refereed journals and is a regular presenter at conferences and meetings. He is wrapping up his current project, a history of a flight research project at the AFRC that explore a new spanload (https://ntrs.nasa.gov/api/citations/20160003578/downloads/20160003578.pdf). He holds a Ph.D. in the history of technology and U.S. history from Auburn University and is finishing his LSA pilot’s certificate.
“Neil’s Remarkable Poise Under Pressure”
Everyone present knows that Neil Armstrong was the first person to step onto the moon, and many are aware of the tension in the final moments of Apollo 11’s Lunar Module’s descent. But this was not the first time Neil displayed extraordinary cool under pressure. I look back at five events in his career where he manifested calm and poise: Apollo 11, his Lunar Landing Training Vehicle ejection, the Gemini VIII spin, the longest flight in the X-15, and his ejection from an F9F in Korea. I focus on Neil’s X-15 “excursion”, as fellow X-15 pilot Milt Thompson took to calling, because the story is not well known and because it epitomizes this remarkable character trait.
Dr. Lawrence Kuznetz holds advanced degrees from Columbia University and the University of California Berkeley. His first project at NASA was a filtration system for the Apollo command module to prevent the return of hypothetical pathogens from the Moon. During project Apollo he was on Console at mission control using 41 Node man, a computer model of the human body and spacesuit he wrote to predict metabolic rate and consumable usage on EVAs which is still in use today. Following Apollo he was assigned to the Build Team at the Kennedy Space Center responsible for tile installation and final construction of space Shuttle Columbia prior to first flight. Following a decade of consulting and teaching during which he earned 8 US patents in the field of extreme environment protection, did a Post doc at NASA-Ames and taught at UC Berkeley, MIT (International Space University), he returned to the Johnson space Center in 2001 as Experiments manager for the Human Research Program on the Shuttle and ISS. During this time he wrote a notable white paper used by Congress to improve the HRP research process and created the bioadvisory Algorithm Violet. This Voice Interrogated Operator for Life support and Exploration Tracking is a smart space suit buddy system designed to augment Mission control or replace it at distances beyond the reach of real time guidance. In 2012 Dr Kuznetz left NASA to create the Hypernet Paradigm, a project-based STEAM learning tool and used it to form the MarsSuit Project, a space suit and life support system for the exploration of Mars which is now under construction. Dr. Kuznetz has written a climate change novel, a spacesuit users manual for kids 9 to 90 and Save the Shuttle, a space shuttle “autobiography.” He is the author of numerous peer reviewed journal articles including the first to show that liquid water can be stable in the Martian environment and that earth based extremophiles can survive in it. In the wake of COVID-19 he has come full circle, using everything he learned in his nasa career to form Planetary Pro-Tech (PlanetaryProtech.com) and create the Qsuit for future pandemic protection by preventing forward and backward contamination. On a lighter note, he was the only non celebrity guest to appear on the Johnny Carson tonight show on consecutive nights and enjoys playing keyboard at dark and dingy piano bars in his spare time.
"How a simple plan got me to mission control for Apollo 11 and could change your life too."

Michelle Evans is the founder and president of Mach 25 Media (www.Mach25Media.com) and is a writer, photographer, and communications specialist in aerospace. She has written the bestselling book “The X-15 Rocket Plane, Flying the First Wings into Space” which was published by the University of Nebraska Press as part of their “Outward Odyssey, People's History of Spaceflight” series.
Michelle's background in aerospace engineering includes serving in the US Air Force working on missile systems, and later in private industry accomplishing environmental testing for systems used in airliners and spacecraft. Her current work with Mach 25 Media provides education and display services for astronaut appearances and other space-related events at government facilities, science centers, schools, and other venues across the country and overseas.
Michelle is a Distinguished Lecturer with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and her book on the X-15 was a finalist for the Eugene M. Emme Award for Astronautical Literature. Michelle received the Diverse Community Leader Award from Orange County Human Relations, and was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential People in Orange County. She has appeared in numerous publications, including Air & Space Smithsonian, Ad Astra, Orange County Register, Los Angeles Times, and New York Times. Michelle was also a technical consultant on the Neil Armstrong biopic “First Man.”