Sara Howard, our guest on this Talking Space Exclusive interview played an integral part in that "One Giant Leap for Mankind". Working as a systems test engineer, she helped breathe life into the 138 foot tall S-1C, the first stage of the Apollo Saturn V rocket. Her duties at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility, included examining the telemetry transmitted from sensors on board the S-1C during it's test firings. Sara helped to discover, correct, and repair causes of leaks, fires, and at times explosions. Her work verified that the the first stage of the Saturn V was ready carry humans on their lunar journey.

Sara's contributions helped to insure the success of the historic Apollo 11 flight and subsequent Apollo lunar missions. Sara was one of the few women engineers that worked on the Saturn V, and is a trail blazer for women in the aerospace field.

She is the author of Two books, "Something Funny Happened on the Way to the Moon” and "The Biggest Explosions in the Universe" She also writes her musings on many subjects on her blog "Inside the Apollo Project"

Remember, for more information on our special Apollo 11 41st anniversary twalk.in show, email us at mailbag@talkingspaceonline.com. All are welcome!

Host this week: Mark Ratterman. Panel Members: Gina Herlihy, Gene Mikulka, and Sawyer Rosenstein

Show Recorded as part of Season 1 in 2009

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