William Flood – Mustangs Ahead
(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – 50 years ago the Apollo lunar module “Eagle” landed on the surface of the moon. This event forever marked history and became an iconic symbol of America.
Since that famous mission, hundreds of thousands of people have been inspired to go into Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (S.T.E.M.) related careers, including many LRHS teachers.
Anatomy and Physiology teacher Faust DeLazzer said, “The moon landing was the most exciting time; I remember staying up all night to watch the landing.”
While some teachers only watched the landing, physics teacher Daniel Goodman worked for NASA on the Saturn V rocket, making the mission possible.
“We had completed everything needed for guidance and control well before Apollo 11 launched. It was gratifying seeing everything worked,” said Goodman.
Goodman also reflected on the future of missions to Mars, “I’m hearing more about building permanent installations on the moon taking advantage of the extinct lava tubes. It will allow us to develop the technology needed for Mars missions and it is far easier, cheaper, and safer to use our moon as the launching point for our solar system or galaxy.”
The future of space and science is uncertain, but it can be an new exciting frontier certain to inspire future generations.