50th Anniversary of Lunar Landing: Kurth Krause
Kurth Krause ’62 accepted a NASA invitation to attend the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. It was held at the Space Center Houston adjacent to the Johnson Space Center. NASA escorted Kurth and his wife, Susan (Firle) Krause ’62 to visit the historical Mission Control Center, renovated to exactly like it was on July 20, 1969, when Kurth was in Mission Control during the first landing. Kurth’s book, My 36 Years in Space: An Astronautical Engineer’s Journey through the Triumphs and Tragedies of America’s Space Programs, describes his career since graduation, beginning with his responsibility for the Apollo flight software at MIT, supporting the Apollo missions in Houston, and his involvement with the Skylab, Space Shuttle, Space Station, GPS, classified surveillance satellites, ballistic missile defense, and anti-terrorists programs. The second edition of his book is now being published. He is lecturing on his book in Wisconsin and Southern California.