Space Lectures

Amazing Encounters: Apollo 13′s Jim Lovell

Posted by on November 29, 2015 at 1:23 am

Captain James “Jim” Lovell, a veteran of four space flights, was part the Apollo crew that flew closer to the Sun than any other, and also holds the unfortunate accolade of being the only person to fly to the Moon twice and never step foot on it. At 87, he’s starting to look a little […]

Amazing Encounters – Apollo 13′s Fred Haise

Posted by on November 6, 2014 at 7:01 pm

You’ve seen the film, you know the dramatic story, but meeting one of the members of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission is something else. Ken Willoughby and the Space Lectures team secured Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise as their guest of honour in Pontefract for the final weekend of October. We all came […]

Ken Mattingly – Apollo’s humble hero

Posted by on April 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

“I would encourage you to understand that the people that made Apollo happen, are not here” says Ken Mattingly, self-effacingly. “There wasn’t an airplane big enough” he adds with a wry smile. Mattingly, command module pilot of Apollo 16 and two-time shuttle astronaut, has come to Pontefract to talk to us thanks to the hard […]

Space Lectures: Apollo 12′s Alan Bean, in his own words

Posted by on October 16, 2013 at 11:23 pm

Captain Alan Bean was the fourth of only 12 men ever to walk on the Moon. I was lucky enough to hear him share some of his stories, and speak about the way he is trying to capture his experience through the medium of painting. Here are some of the highlights of the talk he […]