Fifty years ago next week, a Saturn V rocket launched the Apollo 11 and the world was never the same. To mark the momentous occasion that led to man’s first steps on the moon, the Apollo 50th Gala will take place on July 16 at the iconic Apollo/Saturn V Center at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.
Most of us remember the names of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, but it took a huge team of 400,000 to make Apollo 11 a success. A special panel presentation will take place during the gala to bring more of the team back together to reconnect, reminisce and reflect on the teamwork that got man on the Moon. Cisco Systems, Inc. will use its Cisco Webex technology to maximize the breadth and depth of the panel.
And thanks to Webex, you, too, can watch the reunion live. Go to cisco.comstarting at 8:45 pm eastern time July 16. You can also watch it on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or YouTube at that time.
Webex will connect the following astronauts, mission control personnel, satellite trackers and recovery specialists.
More than 500 guests will attend the gala celebration. Several Apollo legends are currently slated to appear at the gala and will be connected to Australia and the USS Hornet via Cisco Webex.
“Fifty years ago, this massive team collaborated against enormous odds to realize one of the greatest achievements in human history. There was no internet. No mobile devices. No personal computers,” said Aruna Ravichandran, Cisco’s vice president of marketing for collaboration. “With the incredible tools we have available today—including Webex—the sky is truly the limit.”
The Apollo 50th Gala will be hosted on the date that Apollo 11 launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida in 1969. Hundreds of guests will attend the celebration, which will feature a panel discussion with space legends of Apollo, live and silent auctions with one-of-a-kind space memorabilia, and awards to recognize individuals who are pioneering space and molding the next-generation workforce. All proceeds raised from the event will benefit the Aldrin Family Foundation and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation.