Featured Guest: Robert Cabana, Director, Kennedy Space Center
April 23, 8 – 10 a.m.
TCF Bank Stadium
Minnesota vision launched the most audacious engineering challenge in history.
Join the April 23 Gilruth Tribute Celebration featuring Kennedy Space Center Director Robert Cabana, who will lead the tribute to U of M alumnus Robert Gilruth (1913 – 2000), the Father of America’s Human Space Flight program. This exciting event at TCF Bank Stadium precedes Mr. Gilruth’s induction into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame on April 25.
The celebration will honor the region’s innovation legacy and the many Minnesotans who helped take America into space. Celebrate one of the most amazing stories in our State of Innovation and grow our legacy by supporting a new generation of learners.
The Minnesotan who advised President Kennedy to put a man on the moon led the Apollo program and built a great space center in a pasture to do it.
Known as the “Father of America’s Human Space Flight program,” Robert Gilruth was born in Nashwauk, Minnesota on October 8, 1913. He graduated from high school in Duluth, earned Aeronautical Engineering degrees from the University of Minnesota and oversaw 25 manned spaceflights, from the suborbital Mercury-Redstone 3 flight to Apollo 15 lunar landing mission – July 1971.
AirSpace Minnesota nominated Mr. Gilruth for induction into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, to occur on Saturday, April 25. Mr. Cabana is coming to help pay tribute to Mr. Gilruth, the legacy of the University of Minnesota and the many Minnesotans who helped take America into space.
About Robert Cabana
Mr. Cabana, a Minneapolis Washburn High School graduate, was appointed to lead the Kennedy Space Center in 2008. The Hall of Fame astronaut previously served as director of NASA’s Stennis Space Center and deputy director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center. A distinguished graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School with over 7,000 hours logged in 36 different aircraft, he graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy and flew four space shuttle missions: Pilot, Discovery, (STS-41 and STS-53), Commander, Columbia (STS-65) and Commander, Endeavour (STS-88, the 1st space station assembly mission). On April 24 he will be honored with the prestigious National Space Trophy at a ceremony in Houston.