8 Apollo astronauts gather for historic reunion at EAA AirVenture

Posted at 10:13 PM, Jul 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-28 23:16:04-04

History was made Friday night at the EAA AirVenture Show in Oshkosh. Apollo Astronauts reunited to commemorate NASA's Apollo Space Program.

In attendance: Astronauts Walt Cunningham (Apollo 7), Jim Lovell (Apollo 8 and 13), Frank Borman (Apollo 8), Fred Haise (Apollo 13), Buzz Aldrin (Apollo 11), Retired Major General Joe Engle (Apollo 14), Al Worden (Apollo 15) and Flight Director Gene Kranz (Apollo 13).

This is the first time in 25 years that this many astronauts have been under the same roof. Milwaukee's Jim Lovell and fellow astronaut Frank Borman did some reminiscing.

"I would like to know how many people in the audience would like to spend 14 days in a volume the size of a front seat of a Volkswagon beetle with a sailor," said Borman.

"It's kind of interesting to get two people so close together and no place to go no way to move out and I think either I or Frank lost a toothbrush. Didn't make any difference we used the same toothbrush for 14 days," said Lovell.

Lovell talked about the future of NASA.

"I suspect that the space program will eventually go back to the moon. I think in my mind to go to Mars we should get very comfortable making lunar voyages, building up the infrastructure and the architecture to be comfortable landing on the moon, exploring the moon, then using that architecture to expand to eventually to going to Mars," said Lovell.

The Air Show runs through Sunday.