SPARKS, Nev. (July 16, 2019) – Sierra Nevada Corporation is marking the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing at events across the country and in Europe, honoring the legacy of NASA missions in laying the groundwork for current and future space innovation. “I vividly remember hearing about America’s achievement on the radio as an 11-year-old girl in Turkey,” said Eren Ozmen, who came to the U.S. to pursue higher education and the American dream before acquiring SNC 25 years ago with her husband, Fatih. “It showed me then as now that Americans can truly achieve the impossible, and it laid the groundwork for innovating and opening the space economy of the future.”
Among the ways SNC is commemorating the historic accomplishment:
- July 17: SNC kicks off season-long partnership with the Colorado Rockies, featuring a model of the Dream Chaser® spacecraft, first pitch thrown out by former NASA space shuttle commander, astronaut and U.S. Air Force pilot Steve Lindsey, VP of SNC’s Space Exploration Systems, and SNC sponsorship of Smithsonian-donated replica of Neil Armstrong’s spacesuit at Coors Field;
- July 20: SNC Chairwoman, President & owner Eren Ozmen joins Vice President Mike Pence at National Space Council Apollo 11 celebration at Kennedy Space Center, FL;
- July 20: SNC CEO & owner Fatih Ozmen joins John Travolta at the 2019 Living Legends of Aviation Europe event in Salzburg, Austria, when LLOA debuts the “Dream Chaser” award to visionary leaders in aviation;
- Various: Apollopalooza celebration at Wings Over the Rockies museum in Denver, including careers focus by SNC VP of International Business Sita Sonty, and SNC’s Space Systems business area presentation on space activities;
- Ongoing: SNC sponsors tribute at Nevada Discovery Museum in Reno to Apollo 11 anniversary, with 10-foot Dream Chaser model, Astro Garden® system display, and virtual reality tour of SNC’s moon-orbiting Gateway concept.
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