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Be a Part of History: Attend the Lunar Rover Landmark Commission Hearing July 25

Join us July 25 as we ask for landmark status for the three Lunar Rovers on the moon.
Post Date:07/03/2019 8:46 am

Landmark Commission Meeting July 25 2019Later this month, our nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission, which opened new doors for space exploration. What you may not know is that the Boeing Space Center, based in Kent, made significant contributions to future Apollo missions, taking their place in space exploration history. Boeing and its talented team of engineers and technicians designed, developed and deployed the Lunar Rover – “moon buggy” – in Apollo missions 15, 16 and 17, making it possible for astronauts to drive across the moon’s surface.

To recognize this remarkable achievement, on July 25, the City of Kent will ask the King County Landmarks Commission to designate the three Lunar Rovers on the moon as historic landmarks. By joining us, you can show your support and help Kent leave a historic footprint on the moon!

During the meeting, guests will hear an incredible presentation about the Lunar Rover’s role in space exploration by historian Sarah Martin along with testimony from Mayor Dana Ralph, Boeing historian Mike Lombardi, and Kent Landmark Commissioner Nancy Simpson. We will also share letters of support from NASA, the Museum of Flight, the Seattle Thunderbirds and others who are as excited about this as we are.

Be a part of Kent history – join us for this exciting moment as we become one of three states to designate landmarks on the moon!

Thursday, July 25
5 p.m.
Landmark Commission Meeting
Kent City Council Chambers
City Hall (220 Fourth Ave. S.)

This landmark designation will help preserve Kent’s place in space history and educate others about space exploration, the role our City played in Apollo history, and maybe even inspire the next generation of space explorers and engineers to think beyond what is possible.

After the meeting, we will host a reception in the City Hall lobby. Enjoy space-themed treats and meet some of the Boeing engineers and technicians who worked on the Lunar Rover project nearly 50 years ago! We hope to celebrate this event with everyone, and recognize that our City has not only had many influential and great thinkers, but has, and will continue to have these inspirational people throughout the future generations.

If someone asks you, “Where were you when Kent made history by landmarking the Lunar Rover on the moon,” you can say you were there!

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