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By Sarah Swan, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
/ Published October 14, 2015
Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), an evolution of the earlier "Blue Gemini" program, which was conceived to be an all-Air Force parallel of NASA's Gemini efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo)
(Updated) Five space pioneers will share their experiences during a free presentation titled “The Dorian Files Revealed: The Manned Orbiting Laboratory Crew Members’ Secret Mission in Space” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
In the 1960s, the U.S. Air Force initiated a program to carry out experiments in space by a two-man crew in a laboratory orbiting the earth for up to 60 days. The program, known as the Manned Orbiting Laboratory (MOL), provided a platform for a highly secret program to gain Cold War intelligence on the Soviet Union and other adversaries. The MOL crew members pioneered efforts to carry out long term missions in space.
The museum will host a panel discussion by five individuals who trained as MOL crew members and went on to have distinguished careers in space exploration and national security. They will share their insights into the MOL program and how the program prepared them for leadership in the nation’s space and national security programs. The panel will include:
During the presentation, the National Reconnaissance Office will also reveal information about recently declassified elements of the program.
For more information or handicapped seating arrangements during the event, contact the museum’s Special Events Division at (937) 255-1743. Filming or videotaping the presentation is prohibited.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, Ohio, is the world’s largest military aviation museum. With free admission and parking, the museum features more than 360 aerospace vehicles and missiles and thousands of artifacts amid more than 19 acres of indoor exhibit space. Each year about one million visitors from around the world come to the museum. For more information, visit www.nationalmuseum.af.mil.
NOTE TO PUBLIC: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at (937) 255-3286.
NOTE TO MEDIA: For more information, please contact the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Public Affairs Division: Rob Bardua at (937) 255-1386 or Sarah Swan at (937) 255-1283.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force is located at:
1100 Spaatz Street
Wright-Patterson AFB OH 45433
(near Dayton, Ohio)