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Former NASA technician to speak at the Museum Center this weekend

Posted at 5:27 AM, Jan 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-10 10:21:57-05

CINCINNATI — A man who worked at NASA for 12 years, helping out with a number of rocket launches and projects, will be at the museum this weekend to speak to the public.

Dick Hagar, a former spacecraft technician, astronaut trainer and witness to some of the most historical moments in history, will give lectures at the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal on Saturday and Sunday in the morning and afternoon.

Hagar was part of every Apollo launch from Apollo 1 to Apollo 17, and he was on the team that investigated the cause of the Apollo 1 fire.

"My job was to pull the umbilical cord off at T-zero," Hagar said. "I took about two steps and that vehicle ruptured on both sides of me... I looked up and thought, well I'm going to be a hot dog in another two seconds, but that didn't go off, thank heavens."

Hagar also helped train Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin with their flight readiness tests, and he calls this his most proud moment of working at NASA.

If you want to hear Hagar speak, he will be talking at the museum center on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 11 a.m. Meet-and-greets with Hagar are included with regular admission to the museum center.