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A supermoon is seen in Los Angeles, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. The year’s first supermoon, when a full moon appears a little bigger and brighter thanks to its slightly closer position to Earth, is one of two lunar events Sunday. If skies are clear, a total eclipse will also be visible in North and South […]

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who was among the engineers working at Hamilton Standard in the 1960s developing the lunar module for the Apollo 11 mission is being honored by the Connecticut Science Center.

Tuesday’s tribute to Ed O’Connor, a longtime science center volunteer, is one of numerous activities and exhibits planned throughout July at the Hartford attraction to mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

O’Connor also developed many life support system technologies while working in the space program.

Organizers plan to kick things off Tuesday with the unveiling of a Connecticut state flag that has traveled to the International Space Station aboard the space shuttle Atlantis in September 2000. There will also be an Apollo-era spacesuit and real moon rock on display in the permanent “Exploring Space” Gallery.

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