With the 45th anniversary of America’s landing on the moon taking place on July 20, the Delaware Public Archives will recognize this historic event by hosting a program at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 5.

The program, presented by Bill Ayrey of ILC Dover, will explain the Apollo space suit and the impact it had on the success of the program which culminated with the Apollo 11 landing on the moon in 1969. In addition to discussing the Apollo space suit, Ayrey will describe the development of the space shuttle and space station suits. The presentation also will include information about ILC Dover’s creation of the airbags that landed three independent roving robots on Mars. 

Employed at ILC since 1977, Ayrey is the quality test laboratory manager and company historian for ILC Dover, located in Frederica. As the laboratory manager, he is responsible for testing advanced materials for many product lines. Ayrey oversees the manned testing of the space suits and the testing of all space suit parts before delivery to NASA.  He has provided training to Smithsonian docents on the details of the space suits in the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum collection. 

Ayrey will also provide assistance as NASM forms a working group to determine the best practice for displaying Neil Armstrong’s Apollo 11 suit in 2017.

The program is free to the public and will last approximately one hour.  No reservations are required. 

For more information, contact Tom Summers (302) 744-5047 or e-mail him at thomas.summers@state.de.us.