Gemini program presentation celebrates 50th anniversary

Staff report

WAPAKONETA — Blume Alumni and Sunrise Apartments will be hosting a free presentation commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Gemini Program and the first manned mission into space presented by Greg Brown.

Brown is a tour guide at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum. He has presented at numerous locations locally and around the state.

The presentation will discuss the historical significance of the program, its crews program objectives and some of the operational details of the 10 manned missions which taught NASA the requisite skills of flying and maneuverability, working and surviving in space.

It was this critical knowledge which provided a springboard for the Apollo Program in which Neil Armstrong flew. The Gemini Program started in April of 1964, but the first manned flight wasn’t until March 23, 1965 and was manned by John Young.

The presentation will start at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 6 in the Armstrong Community Room located in the Blume Alumni Apartments, 407 S. Blackhoof St, Wapakoneta, entrance to the building is off of Vine and Logan Streets. Admission is free and is open to the public. Parking lot space is limited, but street parking is available.

This location was chosen because it is the high school in which Neil Armstrong attended and his significance to the space program. Armstrong also flew Gemini VII as Command Pilot.

There will also be model of the Gemini-Titan Space Vehicle as well as other related items. There will be light refreshments and coffee served for attendees.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Lisa Desrosiers at LFR Ohio Properties at

Contact presenter Doug Brown at

Staff report