YBYSAIA – I worked at NASA for 40 years.  I joined the Pioneer Project at Ames Research Center (Moffett Field, CA) on 2/7/1966.  The Pioneer Project was to launch interplanetary probes to investigate the structure and characteristics of the solar wind particles and fields.  By 1968 I was on the launch crew as a representative for launch operations and trajectories.. We launched Pioneer-9 on 11/8/1968.  At the post-launch party Dee Ferree and Evelyn King, the TRW hostess, cornered me and made me a Turtle.  I had trouble answering the questions because of the free open bar. I still have my gold turtle pin and my membership card.

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