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Saturday, July 13, 2019 from 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM PDT
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11:30AM   Audtorium Opens
11:45AM- 12:30PM Check-in, Networking
12:30PM-  2:45PM Apollo 11 Sessions
  2:45PM-  5:00PM Lunar Exploration Sessions
  5:30PM   Aditorium closes


Santa Monica Public Library 
MLK Jr. Auditorium, First Floor
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

(Please see the additional maps at the bottom of this page.)

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Underground Parking (3 levels) is located underneath the Library ($5 max on Saturday), with Entrance from the 7th St.
Street Metered Parking is also available around and near the Library.
Parking is located on the roof of the Peninsula Center Library (accessed from Deep Valley Drive) and the second floor garage (limited) for underground parking (accessed from Silver Spur Road).Parking
Parking is located on the roof of the Peninsula Center Library (accessed from Deep Valley Drive) and the second floor garage (limited) for underground parking (accessed from Silver Spur Road).Parking
Parking is located on the roof of the Peninsula Center Library (accessed from Deep Valley Drive) and the second floor garage (limited) for underground parking (accessed from Silver Spur Road).


Events / Program Chair, LA 
American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics, Los Angeles - Las Vegas Section 

All seats are booked. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please contact us (see contact information below).Thank you!

Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary and
Lunar Exploration Special Event

(A free event. Please RSVP.)
(Lunch / Snacks / 
Coffee / bottled water will NOT be provided.)

(No food or water allowed in the auditorium.)

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Speakers / Panelists

Apollo 11 Moon Landing Anniversary Sessions

Carl Stechman
(Aerospace Propulsion Systems Consultant, Aerojet-Rocketdyne / Marquardt Retired, Apollo, Space Shuttle, Orion Engineer)
Robert Norcross Jr. (Boeing Retired; Apollo, Space Shuttle Engineer)
Michelle Evans (AIAA Distinguished Lecturer, OCSS,;
Author: "The X-15 Rocket Plane: Flying the First Wings into Space")
Rod Pyle (Space Author, Historian, Writer;;
Author: "From First on the Moon to Space 2.0")
Hildreth (Hal) Walker Jr. (Pioneer, Laser Technology, the first to successfully fire the Laser to the Moon during the Apollo 11 Moon Landing)
James Anderson (Historian at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley)

A brief separate sesson for individuals sharing for their excitement/insipration from the Apollo era

Lunar Exploration Sessions

Prof. David Barnhart (USC SERC ISI)
Stefan Lamb (Masten Space Systems)
Dr. Jeffrey Puschell (Raytheon Space and Airborne Systems, AIAA Fellow)
Prof. Madhu Thangavelu (USC/ISU)
"Eve & Adam Project for Speedy Lunar Return"
James Anderson (Historian at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley)

Apollo 11 Moon Landing 50th Anniversary and Lunar Exploration Special Event

Please come and join us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 11 Moon Landing and remember the ground-breaking historical event and the great American experiences! Let's keep the momentum going for the American Space Programs and support the Space Explorations.

NASA recently announced the Moon2024 and the Artemis Lunar Program, responding to the initiative/call by Vice President Mike Pence. Several commercial space companies/busiesses also announced their Lunar Exploration plans and lunar modules. What's the future of the American Lunar/Space Program, and the future of mankind on the Moon and in Space? Please join us and have sincere and fun discussions for a great relaxing Saturday afternoon that will be remembered for years to come.

Carl Stechman


Michelle Evans

Michelle Evans is the founder and president of Mach 25 Media ( 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.”

Rod Pyle

Rod Pyle is a space author, journalist and historian who has authored fourteen books on space history, exploration and development for major publishers that have been published in seven languages. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the National Space Society’s quarterly print magazineAd Astra, and his frequent articles have appeared in, LiveScience, Futurity, Huffington Post, Popular Science, Caltech’s E&Smagazine, and WIRED. He has written extensively for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Caltech, and authored the Apollo Executive Leadership Program for NASA’s Johnson Space Center, which he also facilitated. New book releases for 2019 include “Interplanetary Robots” and “Space 2.0” (with a foreword by Buzz Aldrin). In April “First to the Moon: The Apollo 11 Anniversary Experience” will be released (also with a foreword by Aldrin), and his previous Apollo books “Missions to the Moon” (foreword by Gene Kranz) and “Destination Moon” are being republished for 2019.

Rod is a popular public speaker, giving frequent keynotes throughout the country. He appears on national radio and television, with regular slots on KFI/Los Angeles, and WGN/Chicago (both market leaders), as well as popular podcasts and radio in numerous other markets. Rodhosts a podcast called “Cool Space News” on iHeart Radio, and appears on PBS’s “Between the Lines” and C-SPAN’s “Book TV." He holds an MA from Stanford University and a BFA from the Art Center College of Design, and lives in Alhambra, California.

Hildreth (Hal) Walker, Jr.

James Anderson

James Anderson is the historian at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. He first worked at NASA beginning in 2008 as a research assistant in the history office before completing a master’s degree in the history of science at University of California, Berkeley and an Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in film production at California State University, Los Angeles. He has taught history, film, and high school physics. He currently lives in Los Angeles.

Prof. David Barnhart

David Barnhart is currently an active Research Professor in the Department of Astronautical Engineering at USC, and the Director/Co- Founder of the USC Space Engineering Research Center at the Information Sciences Institute (ISI).

At USC David specializes in developing innovative technologies and architectures for 2nd generation space morphologies, rendezvous and proximity operations technologies/techniques, and hands-on projects with students, faculty and staff through an “engineering teaching hospital” construct.  The SERC created and launched USC’s first two Cubesat’s into space in 2010 and 2012.  Over 200 students have graduated through the SERC’s hands on training capabilities and every summer hosts US and international student interns.  SERC is currently the technical arm for a national and global standards development push for commercial rendezvous and servicing missions (CONFERS), creating a larger re-usable Lunar Lander simulator project, and has the third USC Satellite flight planned for Summer 2019.

David was most recently a senior space Project Manager at DARPA, pioneering cellular spacecraft morphologies, satbotics, space robotics and low cost high volume manufacturing on the Phoenix and SeeMe projects.  He represented the first DARPA space project at the United Nations COPUOS in Vienna Austria addressing new technology pushing the need for updates to space regulations and policy issues for next generation missions. 

Prior to USC and DARPA David helped initiate two commercial space companies; co-founding and serving as Vice President and CFO for Millennium Space Systems in Los Angeles CA; and was the youngest elected member of a three-person international Executive Management board for a German startup in Bremen, Vanguard Space, one of the first companies working commercial spacecraft servicing. 

David started his career as a civilian for the Air Force Research Labs spending over 13 years helping to birth several notable innovations in micro-miniature electronic technologies, micro-chemical/electric propulsion systems, some of the first small satellites for remote observations, and the first independent RPO missions.

Dr. Jeffrey Puschell

Dr. Jeff Puschell is an internationally recognized scientist-engineer with 30+ years of proven success as Principal Investigator, Chief Scientist, Chief Engineer, Technical Director or Lead System Engineer on 15+ major projects sponsored by governments and private industry in space-based remote sensing, laser-based systems, observational astrophysics and underwater laser systems. He is author or co-author of 130+ technical publications, co-editor and co-author of Space Mission Engineering: The New SMAD, the leading textbook and reference source for space systems engineering, co-author for Standard Handbook for Aerospace Engineers, 2nd Edition and co-author for AccessScience, among many other publications.  He is a Raytheon Principal Engineering Fellow, AIAA Fellow and SPIE Fellow.  He and his wife Dana live in Hermosa Beach and Solvang, California.

Prof. Madhu Thangavelu

Stefan Lamb