The Chandler Historical Society has announced it will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Project with a special “Brunch and Learn” on June 18 at the Chandler Community Center.
Established in 1959 with the goal of sending humans to the moon, the project set major spaceflight milestones.
“Local resident Charles R. Price will share his experiences with the Apollo project, along with other NASA endeavors during his 50 years as a civil servant engineer and consultant at the Johnson Space Center in Houston,” according to a press release. “He was an orbital trajectories analyst during the moon missions, worked on the Space Shuttle flight navigation, guidance and (was) software manager for the Space Shuttle back-up flight computer.”
He was also branch chief for flight robotic systems on the Space Shuttle and International Space Station. Price initiated the development of NASA’s humanoid robot, “Robonaut,” and was an independent software verifier for robots on Mars and asteroid missions.
“Obviously a true 'rocket scientist,” Price was born in Tyler and attended Tyler schools, Tyler Junior College, East Texas State College and the University of Houston at Clear Lake. He is married to Juanita Cade Price and has two daughters and three grandchildren.
“His presentation will include interesting background information and anecdotes about his NASA career. A light brunch will be served. No admission fee is required. However, any donations will benefit the Chandler Museum.
The event on June 18 is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.