WEATHERFORD, Okla. – One of the largest Apollo anniversary events in the nation will be held in Weatherford this weekend at the Stafford Air and Space Museum.
Museum officials say nearly a dozen distinguished astronauts will be at the event, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 10.
“Of all the big national and international celebrations that will be held for the Apollo anniversary, the one being held at the Stafford Air & Space Museum will be one of the most prominent, and historic of them all. The significance of the people who will be in attendance will be nearly unprecedented indicating the creditability the Stafford Museum maintains among the astronauts,” stated Max Ary, Director of the Stafford Air & Space Museum.
On May 18, 1969, Weatherford native General Tom Stafford, launched off the pad at Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the Apollo 10 mission. The Apollo 10 crew of Stafford, Gene Cernan, and John Young were the pathfinders.
Museum officials say without the success of the mission, the historic Apollo 11 mission and landing man on the moon would not have been possible.
Stafford is the only remaining Apollo 10 crew member still living.
To celebrate the anniversary, the Stafford Air and Space Museum will be hosting the Apollo 10 50th Anniversary Gala on May 18.
Guests at the event include:
- Stafford and 9 of his astronaut colleagues, including moonwalkers Charlie Duke and Dave Scott
- Record holder for the highest flying astronaut Fred Haise, Apollo 13
- Mark Armstrong, the youngest son of the first man to walk on the moon will be present, as well as the daughter and former wife of the last man to walk on the moon.
- Jim Bridenstine, the current NASA Administrator
- Former NASA Administrator, Mike Griffin, now the Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering of the country’s entire military
The Gala is an invitation-only event for the Legacy Campaign donors that have made significant contributions to the museum’s expansion.
There will also be a public event on Sunday, May 19 at the Weatherford High School Performing Arts Center at 2 p.m. Stafford will be in attendance. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children (12 & under).
You can buy tickets at the door, online at staffordmuseum.org, or at the museum.