Local author Rick Houston will host two screenings of the documentary film “Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo” on May 25 and 26 at 7 p.m. at the Yadkin Arts Center’s Willingham Theatre. After writing the book “Go, Flight! The Unsung Heroes of Mission Control,” Houston served as an associate producer and consultant on the film.
“I was able to visit Johnson Space Center in June of 2012 and a friend of mine, Milt Heflin, took me on a tour of the space center,” Houston explained. He said he greatly enjoyed the tour, but seeing the historic Apollo mission control room was one of the highlights.
“When I waked into the room I was just hammered by this sense of history,” Houston said. “I knew in that moment that I wanted to do something to honor the work and the people that had worked there.”
Houston and Heflin co-authored the book which was published in 2015.
“It has been a dream come true,” Houston said of the book and film.
“To see it coming true here in Yadkinville is very special to me personally,” he added.
The film was produced by Keith Haviland and Gareth Dodds, and directed by David Fairhead.
Following the screenings, Houston will have a short question and answer session and book signing. Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5 to $10 at the door, but guests are asked to reserve a spot in advance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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