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History In Our Backyard. 55 Year Anniversary Of The Moon landing & Johnsville Centrifuge Open House

  • Sponsor: The Fuge/Southeastern PA Cold War History Museum
  • Location: The Fuge
  • Dates: July 20, 2024
  • Address: 780 Falcon Circle, Warminster, PA 18974
  • Phone: (215) 525-5841
  • Time: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
  • Price: Free
  • Reservations Required: Yes

From the late 1950s through the mid-1960s, NASA used the Johnsville Centrifuge in Warminster, PA for acceleration training (G-force training) for X-15 pilots as well as Project Mercury, Project Gemini (New Nine) and 14 Project Apollo astronauts in preparation for spaceflight.
August 2024 marks the 65th anniversary (August 1959) of Project Mercury astronaut training starting on the Johnsville Centrifuge. Project Mercury was the first U.S. manned spaceflight program and consisted of 7 astronauts—Alan Shepard, Gus Grissom, Scott Carpenter, John Glenn, Wally Schirra, Deke Slayton and Gordon Cooper.
July 20, 2024 is the 55th anniversary of the first lunar landing (July 20, 1969). All 3 of the Apollo 11 crew-- Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins-- trained on the Johnsville Centrifuge!


As a premier training facility for NASA during the early days of manned spaceflight, the Johnsville Centrifuge played a critical role in preparing our astronauts to win the Space Race.
The greater Philadelphia region is also notable for a rich aerospace heritage beyond the Space Race. Join us on July 20, 2024 to learn more about this unique history!

Program featuring remarks on the role of Warminster in helping to win the Space Race, the accomplishments of the former Naval Air Development Center (where the Johnsville Centrifuge was located), and a keynote presentation by Danny Parker, spaceflight historian, who is writing a new biography on Project Mercury Astronaut, Scott Carpenter (who trained at Johnsville.) Other appearances-- including from special guests with direct ties to the Space Race and the early astronauts-- will be announce

History In Our Backyard. 55 Year Anniversary Of The Moon landing & Johnsville Centrifuge Open House