NASA Alum
NASA Alum
By Ginger Geoffery


Bill Weppner '53 returned to Canisius High School on December 7, 2017 to talk with current students about his experiences working for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) on the Apollo Space Missions. Mr. Weppner is a former flight controller who worked for NASA from 1968-1970, and worked on Apollo Space Missions 7-13 during a time of great excitement and adventure for the nation's space program. He earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Oklahoma, and was a commissioned second lieutenant of the U.S. Air Force.

Mr. Weppner spoke to a group of Canisius seniors in the school's auditorium. He shared his memories of being a student in the same auditorium, before captivating the current students with details of working on the Apollo missions. Mr. Weppner says he is happy to share his stories, and points out, "In 10-15 years, there will be no one around to talk about their Apollo experiences. I'll take my story to any audience, reminding folks that, if there were 100 flight controllers, there are 99 other stories."