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Glynn Lunney on Apollo 8

January 26, 2009

On December 11th, 2008, the crew of Apollo 8 and other NASA astronauts and alumni visited the museum to celebrate Apollo 8’s 40th anniversary. For those of you who could not attend, or who wish to relive the evening, we plan to post the evening events as separate videos over the next month. This first post shows the remarks made by Apollo 8 Flight Director Glynn Lunney. Enjoy!

Glynn Lunney began working at NASA from the moment it opened its doors in 1958. He started working on the Mercury missions in the Control Center Simulation Group which trained future astronauts. During the Gemini missions, he became the youngest Flight Director on the Gemini 3, 9 10, 11, and 12 missions. After and during the Gemini missions, he worked on the Apollo program, including serving as a Flight Director for Apollo 8. In addition to working on the Apollo abort escape system he served as Flight Director on Apollo 7 and as the back-up Flight Director during Apollo 13 where he helped orchestrate the return of Apollo 13 and its crew.

After the Apollo missions, Lunney became the technical director of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Program (ASTP) which helped lay the ground work for the International Space Station. He also served as the manager of the space shuttle program. In 1985, Lunney left NASA to work for Rockwell International where he helped develop the Global Positioning System and support of flight operations at the Johnson Flight Center.

As you can see, Lunney has been working on space exploration all of his life. That was why the Apollo 8 crew invited him to talk about the importance of the Apollo 8 mission. Below is the video of Lunney’s speech about Apollo 8:

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Watch other videos from the Apollo 8 4oth Anniversary: Moderated Forum Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 & Part 4, Neil Armstrong, Bill Anders.

To find out more about Glynn Lunney, click here.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2009 2:39 pm

    An inspiring speech. It’s so easy to think of Apollo as a preordained success; stories like Lunney’s help bring it back down to earth.

    Thanks for posting these videos; I look forward to seeing more of them.


  1. Apollo 8 Moderated Forum - Part 3 « San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Blog
  2. Apollo 8 Moderated Forum - Part 4 « San Diego Air & Space Museum’s Blog

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