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Apollo 11 Moon Landing Had Thousands Working Behind Scenes

It took 400,000 people to put Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the moon a half-century ago.That massive workforce stretched across the U.S. and included engineers, scientists, mechanics, technicians, pilots, divers, seamstresses, secretaries and more who worked tirelessly behind the scenes to achieve those first lunar footsteps .Some of them will be taking part in festivities this week to mark the 50th anniversaryA brief look at four:Amid the sea of white shirts, black ties and pocket protectors inside NASA's firing room for the liftoff of Apollo 11 sat JoAnn Morgan.July 16, 1969 was her prime-time debut as the first female launch controller. It wasn't easy getting there.Morgan, 78, who began working for NASA in 1958 while in college, typically got the overnight shift before launches. She'd be replaced by a male colleague a few hours before showtime.   ``The rub came on being there at liftoff,'' she recalled.   And there was the taunting. She'd get obscene phone calls at her desk at Kennedy Space Center and lewd remarks in the elevator.The situation was even more strained next door at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. The old launch-pad blockhouses there had a single restroom _ for men. So Morgan found herself dashing to a nearby building for a women's restroom, just as portrayed in ``Hidden Figures,'' the 2016 hit movie.``I was there. I wasn't going anywhere. I had a real passion for it,'' Morgan said. ``Finally, 99 percent of them accepted that `JoAnn's here and we're stuck with her.' `` As Apollo 11 loomed, Morgan's boss went to the top to get her on liftoff duty. By then, the harassment had pretty much stopped.While NASA's countdown clocks ticked toward a 9:32 a.m. launch, Morgan monitored ground instrumentation, everything from fire and lightning detectors to guidance computer data. When... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Apollo 11 Moon Landing Had Thousands Working Behind Scenes, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Apollo 11 Moon Landing Had Thousands Working Behind Scenes

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Tuesday, 16 July

 

 

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