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To recognize the founding day of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Parkway Place (a faith-based senior living community) celebrated “Nasa Day” with guest speaker Merlin Merritt, a former Mission Control Engineer during the Apollo 13 mission. Merritt visited the senior living community on Monday, July 29. Apollo 13 was the seventh crewed mission in the Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Despite great hardship, the crew returned safely to Earth on April 17, 1970, six days after launch. Merritt shared his firsthand experience during the Apollo 13 crisis and discussed how the experience affected and strengthened his faith. After the presentation, residents viewed a screening of the documentary “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo.” Parkway Place is always looking for new ways to give residents a different perspective about history. The firsthand account from a lead engineer on the Apollo 13 mission was both inspiring and educational for residents and guests. 

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