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Seniors Series: Helping the Eagle land

Five Pleasanton residents remember their part in moon landing

A personal collection of photos and memorabilia from the 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing was on display at Stoneridge Creek recently as five of its residents remembered their parts behind the scenes of the historic event.

From conducting thermal analysis of the lunar landing before the launch to designing the parachute that safely slowed the return of the module back to earth, these Stoneridge Creek residents were a part of history in the making.

* Stanley Sun was involved in the program when as a graduate student he helped do research for the program. He made a presentation to Stoneridge Creek residents on his part in the endeavor.

* Mac Smith designed the parachute that safely slowed the module upon its return to Earth.

* Han Moi was involved in the thermal analysis of the Lunar Lander and his information is still sealed as confidential.

* Richard and Caye Johnson were involved in the lab research in the Quarantine Facility at NASA/Johnson Spacecraft Center.

The five residents involved in the Apollo 11 program organized the display to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the moon landing and share their personal perspective with their Stoneridge Creek neighbors.

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