Countdown to Apollo at 50

Moon shot: Recalling the bid that changed Long Island

By GREGORY ZELLER // On an island populated by Mets, Jets and Knicks fans, it can be easy to forget what winning feels like – and with constant chatter about creating an “economic identity” for Long Island, it’s somewhat surprising to remember that it actually happened once. But it did. When the Bethpage-based Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corp. (now part of Northrop Grumman) won a 1962 National Aeronautics and Space Administration contract to design and construct…


As Apollo anniversary nears, mission time at CoA

By GREGORY ZELLER // Unless you’re hiding under a moon rock, you know that humankind’s first stroll on the lunar surface was 50 years ago this July – and as the golden anniversary approaches, excitement at the Cradle of Aviation Museum is reaching escape velocity. The Garden City museum’s “Countdown to Apollo at 50” – which kicked off 16 months ago – reaches its climax July 20, the exact date when NASA astronauts Neil Armstrong…


Cradle of Aviation gives a Hoot with new ‘Space’ show

By GREGORY ZELLER // Attention, space cadets: For a really out-of-this-world adventure, put down your new Blu-ray copy of “Solo” and beam over to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, where one of the planet’s largest interactive space exhibits is about to touch down. A “Star Wars” story is always fun, but nothing beats the real thing, and to that end, “Space: A Journey to Our Future” – a traveling NASA show sponsored locally by the…


Space vets all-go for Cradle of Aviation ‘Countdown’

By GREGORY ZELLER // A star-studded crew of cosmic heroes was on board Thursday, when the Cradle of Aviation Museum started the clock on its 18-month-plus “Countdown to Apollo at 50.” The long-term celebration, featuring new exhibits and educational initiatives at the Garden City museum, leads up to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission – man’s first recorded moon landing, on July 20, 1969. Long Island, of course, played a vital role in…