Greg Silva and Abby Strength at StoryCorps in Greenville, SC Half a century ago, America's dreams were realized in space. The power of American innovation and spirit led the crew of Apollo 11 to the Moon and vice versa.
This mission was possible thanks to a diverse team of engineers, astronauts and mathematicians. This was possible thanks to the help of a 1
0-year-old boy who was in the right place at the right time.  In 1969, Greg Fors lived in Guam, where his father, Charles Force, worked as a director of a NASA tracking station that helped connect the NASA Mission Control capsule to voice communications.
"I liked it very much," said Sis to his daughter, Abby Sills, in an interview with StoryCorps. "I looked at him a huge amount of money, not only that it was a prestigious job, but he was very good at it."
After Apollo 11 began its departure from the moon, a problem arose – the camp broke into the antenna needed to track the ship. Without it, NASA risks losing its ability to communicate with the capsule as it approaches the ground.
Hurrying to find a solution, Charles called home, hoping that the size of Greg's child could be beneficial. He asked Greg to come to the tracking station and squeeze his hand through the antenna access socket and pack grease around the camp.
The 10-year-old faced the challenge and walked out the ladder. take a handful of fat – you know, you crush it, "says Greg. "It comes out between your fingers, and I put them in and pack them in the best possible way.
Greg succeeded, and on the 8th day of the Apollo mission, a NASA official on public affairs noted his contribution in a message from Apollo Control:
"The camp was replaced by a 10-year-old boy named Greg Siss, who had enough small hands to work through a 2 inch inch hole to pack [the bearing]."
The rest is history. This month, America celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, an event set in the collective memory of the nation. "srcset =" https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2019/07/18/force_npr_extra-e12b584359b8147b1f22c832731b46f9212a303f.jpg 890w "sizes =" (max-width: 47.999em) 99vw, 66vw "/>  10-year-old Greg Forres in 1969, crushing the NASA tracking station antenna at Guam, "says Greg," not really amazing what I did but I happened to be in the right place at the right time I'm also proud, my father believed me enough … to do it.
Greg, now 60, says he wanted to follow his father's footsteps and work for NASA, but his blindness to his color prevented him from becoming an astronaut. Instead, Greg works as his own
His father, Charles, died in 2007 after doing 29 years of work at NASA.
According to NASA's Charles Fors obituary, the technology he helped has replaced an aging terrestrial communications network and is designed to increase the time when spacecraft are in communication with the ground and improve the amount of data that can be transferred. it is worth half and still is used today. "
Although he has never continued his career at NASA, Greg's role in history is a monument. He inspired a children's book titled "Marti's Mission: Apollo 11 Story" by Judy Young.
His 17-year-old daughter admires both her father and her grandfather for the roles they have played in history. "I mean, I think it's very important," Abby says. – My father helped with Apollo 11. I look at you and pop a pop for him.
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