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Houston, we’ve had a problem here: The amazing story of the rescue of the Apollo Thirteen crew

October 13 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Long Island Chapter and AIAA/IISE


Houston, we’ve had a problem here: The amazing story of the rescue of the Apollo Thirteen crew

Presented by Sam Greenberg, Former Grumman LM Consulting Pilot

Thursday, October 13, 2016


RSVP BY October 12, 2016

davidsparis@twc.com or   (516) 458-8593

Location:     Bethpage Public Library

47 Powell Avenue

Bethpage, NY   11714

Probably everyone knows about the Apollo 13 mission.    If you were not alive in 1970 when the crew had a “problem” then perhaps you saw the movie or the NOVA program.  Sam was there.  He was at Grumman when teams from NASA, Grumman, and other contractors were working together to bring the crew safely back to Earth.  And Sam was the engineer who sent the mock towing bill to North American Rockwell, Pratt and Whitney, and Beech Aircraft for the Grumman Lunar Module towing the Command and Service Modules back from the Moon.

Join us to hear this first-hand account of one of the most thrilling and nail-biting engineering triumphs of the twentieth century.

Sam Greenberg graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and the United States Naval Academy.  After receiving his Navy wings and carrier qualification, he flew multiple engine patrol aircraft such as the P-2V Neptune and the EC-121K Warning Star and then served as a Navy test pilot.   He continued his Navy career as a reserve officer and retired with the rank of Captain.

Sam served Grumman Aerospace as a Lunar Module Consulting Pilot during the Apollo program and was there from Apollo 7 through 15.  He was then Marketing Manager for Grumman Training Systems.  He is a certified flight instructor with over 3000 instruction hours.   In 2011, he was awarded the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award.

Directions:  The library is west of Route 135 in Bethpage. Take Route 135 to Exit 8, then West on Powell Ave. for about 0.25 miles. The library is on the south side of the street. Park across Powell Ave., opposite the library.


October 13
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Event Category:


IEEE Aerospace and Electronic Systems Society


Bethpage Public Library
47 Powell Avenue
Bethpage, NY 11714
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(516) 931-3907