The Moon Landing 50 Years Later & United Flight 232

Jul 17, 2019

Neil Armstrong on the moon, courtesy NASA

Today on The Exchange we commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first man on the moon, on July 20th, 1969.  We talk with Dr. Todd Young, Professor of Physics and Astronomy and the director of the Fred G. Dale Planetarium at Wayne State College about the importance of the moon landing, and why the space program is so important to our future. 

Dr. Todd Young, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Wayne State College, Director of the Fred G. Dale Planetarium

We also talk with some older Siouxlanders who recall watching the moon landing live on television all those years ago.  And we reminisce with Mary Hartnett and local historian Russ Gifford about their memories of the moon landing.

In addition, we recall the crash landing of United Flight 292 at the Sioux Gateway Airport, that happened 30 years ago, on July 19, 1989.  

Wreckage, United Flight 292, Sioux Gateway Airport, courtesy Associated Press

Also, a visit to a perennial Iowa favorite summer place: Arnold's Park.