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July 29, 2019

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission this month, we are highlighting two alumni who were involved in the Apollo program.

Robert A. Gardiner graduated in 1940 with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Case School of Applied Science (later Case Institute of Technology). As a student he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. Gardiner worked as assistant director for electronic systems, Manned Spacecraft Center, National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Houston. He supervised the Information Systems Division, Guidance and Control Division, Computation and Analysis Division, and the Information and Space Electronic Systems Division. These Divisions were responsible for guiding, controlling and navigating the Command Module and the Lunar Module to the moon and back. In 1969 Gardiner received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal.

Before his work on the Apollo program, Gardiner was a manager of Operational Engineering for 9 years at TRW. Prior to that he was with the Langley Laboratory of the old National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). At NACA he gained experience in automatic control principles and design and performed rocket-powered tests at the Wallops Island Facility of Langley Field in Virginia. During World War II Gardiner was at Columbia University and worked on air-borne antisubmarine magnetic anomoloy detection equipment. This was followed by field engineering work on this same gear at Langley Field. He received a citation from Vannevar Bush for this work.

In 1958 James H. King, Jr., received his B.S. in Engineering Administration, graduating with commencement honors. As a student he was president of the Camera Club, member of the Radio Club, Student Christian Union, and American Institute of Electrical Engineers. He joined Westinghouse Electric Corp. after graduation. He was senior engineer, Aerospace Division, Defense and Space Center at Westinghouse in Baltimore. King played an active part in the construction of the Apollo TV camera. Beginning in 1964 the reliability programs for the black and white Apollo 9, 10 and 11 lunar camera was under his direction.

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