Ken Willoughby and Space Lectures are delighted to confirm that the next astronaut speaker coming to Pontefract this autumn is none other than Bruce McCandless II (Capt., USN, Ret.). Bruce was the youngest member of NASA’s Group 5 intake when selected in April 1966. He served as Capcom on Apollo 11 during the first moonwalk before joining the astronaut support crew for the Apollo 14 mission, on which he doubled as a Capcom.
Reassigned to the Skylab program, McCandless received his first crew assignment as backup pilot for the space station’s first crewed mission alongside backup commander Rusty Schweickart and backup science pilot Story Musgrave. He again served as a Capcom on Skylab 3 and Skylab 4. McCandless was co-investigator on the M-509 astronaut manoeuvring unit experiment, which was flown on Skylab; this eventually led to his collaboration on the development of the Manned Manoeuvring Unit (MMU) used during space shuttle extravehicular activities (EVAs). He flew two space shuttle missions: STS-41B and STS-31.
Those who had already ordered and paid for Leonov tickets can have either a full refund, switch their Leonov tickets for the McCandless event and receive a £5 refund or switch their tickets and donate the outstanding balance to Space Lecture’s chosen charities: UNICEF or the Fior Do Loto Foundation. Whichever course preferred please contact Ken Willoughby directly to confirm.
Ticket refunds are only available within 72 hours of purchase, and not at all once the speaker’s fee has been paid… whichever comes first.