NASA, eh? Reflecting on Canada’s contribution to Apollo 11 - The Brain Drain
The story of how Canadian engineers from Avro went to work for NASA after the Arrow program was cancelled, and helped put a man on the moon. - The "Brain Drain"
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November 25, 2019 - by Erin Gregory for ingeniumcanada.org
Saturday, July 20, 2019 did mark the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11. While the focus is generally on Neil Armstrong — the first person to step foot on the surface of the Moon — or Buzz Aldrin, the media and others will sometimes mention the army of people who made those first steps possible.
Few people are aware, however, that 12 of the 400,000 full-time NASA employees were not only born and raised in Canada, but fundamental to making the Moon landing a success.
They were the Avro engineers who went to work for NASA after the Canadian government cancelled the CF-105 Avro Arrow.
In Canada, they are best known as a collective, and their move to the U.S. is often lamented as the "Brain Drain." Let's take a closer look at how the Avro engineers came to work for NASA, and the contributions they made to the American Moonshot.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was born on October 1, 1958 as a successor of sorts to the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA).
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