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The History of Apollo 11 is Splashing Down at SUNY Erie

Article by: Paula Sandy

SUNY Erie Community College will welcome Retired Naval Captain Bruce Johnson for a special presentation celebrating his role in the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing on Thursday, October 24 at 7:15 p.m. at the SUNY Erie City Campus in the Minnie Gillette Auditorium located at 121 Ellicott Street in Buffalo.  

Splashdown: The Recovery will detail Captain Johnson’s first-hand account of the recovery mission of Apollo 11’s command module Columbia once it splashed down in the central Pacific Ocean. A naval aviator and the co-pilot of the Apollo 11 recovery helicopter, Captain Johnson will share the triumph of ensuring astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins, and Buzz Aldrin completed their momentous voyage.

SUNY Erie President Dr. Dan Hocoy said the College is excited to host someone who played such a pivotal role in American history. “Captain Johnson’s story is a compelling tale of bravery and American pride during a time the country was breathing a collective sigh of relief in welcoming home the astronauts,” Hocoy said. “We are proud to offer an opportunity like this to our students and the community.” 

This event is free and open to the public. Questions can be directed to the Office of Marketing and Communications at 851-1866.

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