The 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission recently passed and a group of Vaughn students and an alumnus joined in the celebration. The student affairs department hosted a trip to the Cradle of Aviation Museum to attend the Moon Fest celebration that commemorated the moment that Neil Armstrong took the first steps on the moon.

The museum is the home of the Lunar Module from the space expedition. The day featured two festive events that gave the community an opportunity to learn, reflect, remember and jointly celebrate the spaceflight.

Additionally, alumnus Donald Parsons ’61 communicated with President DeVivo to speak on his experience involved in the mission evaluation room of Apollo missions 8 through 14. He expressed his gratitude of the then Casey Jones School of Aeronautics for being pivotal in his career trajectory.

“I was on site at the Manned Space Center in Houston for this monumental event and was sent as the lead, on—site, lunar module electrical power system engineer from my company,” said Parsons. “Vaughn College prepared me for this historic event and was well represented.

Cradle of Aviation