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Omnibus #53

podcast icon Posted Monday, March 02, 2009. Total length: 30:23

Dr. Fred Zito ('02) literally helped land a man on the moon. As an aerospace engineer for NASA during the 1960s, he worked on the navigation and guidance systems for the lunar module at Grumman. In this interview Dr. Zito recounts the history of the space race, from Werner Von Braun and the V-2 rocket, through the Russian's attempts at a lunar landing, to Neil Armstrong's and Buzz Aldrin's descent to the moon in July of 1969.

This interview is cross-posted with our 40th anniversary blog, Born in the Sixties: The First Year of Dowling College 1968-69, which also includes scanned images and documents from our archives documenting the first academic year at Dowling.

"The only reason it was all successful was that [NASA] paid attention to the smallest detail. "
Dr. Fred Zito

Shownotes with related links:

  • 0:02 Introduction
    Chris Kretz - Assistant Professor/Reference Librarian
    Audio of Apollo 11 take off courtesy of NASA at Sounds from Apollo 11
     
  • 0:43 Interview
    Dr. Fred Zito ('02), former NASA aerospace engineer
     
  • 14:15 Landing on the moon
    Additional audio of the Apollo 11 lunar landing courtesy of NASA at  Sounds from Apollo 11

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Last updated February 2, 2009 by Chris Kretz