Moon landing inspires Frederick County man to join NASA


Man landed on the moon nearly 50 years ago. 

Mike Menzel, then 9, watch as Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon's surface. He was a child of the Space Age, he told reporter Hannah Himes, and the moon landing helped inspire him to go into a space-related career.

"As I said, I was a child of the space program," he said. "I wanted to be, when I was growing up, I knew I wanted to be an astronomer or an astronaut or some kind of engineer that designed spacecraft[s]."

Menzel now works for NASA. 

Himes spoke with Frederick Uncut producer Heather Mongilio about interviewing Menzel. Her story will come out later this week. 

Later in the episode, Mongilio toured the new Mission of Mercy mobile dental clinic and spoke with Dental Director Roslyn Kellum. 

Then, sports reporter Greg Swatek joins Mongilio to speak about the late Don Boyer, longtime track and field coach at Middletown High School. Swatek will talk more about Boyer on The Frederick News-Post's podcast, The Final Score. 

Features reporter Kate Masters then joins Mongilio in the studio to talk about 72 Hours. 

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