AIM HIGHER GALA
Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Apollo 16,
NASA’s Artemis Mission, Commercial and International Space, and
Showcasing the way space exploration makes life better on Earth
Benefiting Space for a Better World
AIM HIGHER GALA HIGHLIGHTS
The Apollo Missions to the Moon Changed the World
2022 marks the final 50th Anniversaries of the Apollo Missions to the Moon
In 1962, US President John F. Kennedy made the commitment to land a man on the Moon and bring him home safely to the Earth. Only 8½ years later, on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to set foot on another celestial body in our heavens. The whole world watched and listened in. Following those missions humans landed on the Moon five more times until 1972 when Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 landed for the last time.
That time frame is arguably the ONLY time in recorded human history the world stopped, waited in anticipation and celebrated an achievement for all of humanity. It represented hope for what is possible by achieving “the impossible.” It spurred on innovation and new tech that we all benefit from every day .More than the technology, it gave us hope for what humans can do when they come together for a common goal.
It also inspired humans to start Earth Day as a mission to take better care of our planet.
Since then our presence in space has expanded to include a more diverse and inclusive representation of humans in space that reflects like on Earth.
Apollo 16 Astronaut Charlie Duke on the Moon in 1972
Confirmed Speakers and Panelists:
1st British ESA Astronaut
Former soldier & RAF Test Pilot
NASA Astronaut, Artist, Earthling
10th woman to conduct a spacewalk
NASA Astronaut, Navy Test-Pilot
2nd woman and youngest person to pilot a Space Shuttle
Former NASA Astronaut,
JAXA Astronaut, 2nd Japanese woman in space
Dr. Soyeon Yi
South Korean Astronaut
1st and only South Korean person to go to space
NASA & SpaceX Crew Demo Astronaut
MC and Virtual Co-Host:
BBC TV Presenter and
MC of the GALA
Professor Brian Cox
Physicist and BBC Star
Apollo Panel Moderator
Space Icon Award
Gen. Charlie Duke
Apollo 16, 10th man to walk on the Moon
Capcom, Apollo 11
As lunar module pilot of Apollo 16 in 1972, Charlie Duke was the tenth and youngest person to walk on the Moon, at age 36. Prior to that he was Capcom in Mission Control for Apollo 11.
Follow Charlie on social media @Cmd16Duke