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There is an extensive article written by Ken Kleinknecht in the November 1969 edition of The New Age Magazine. Ken, a 33rd Degree Mason was the Manager of the Apollo Program, Deputy Manager of the Gemini Program and Manager of Project Mercury.
There have been many Brother Masons that have been part of the space program; Edwin Aldrin Jr., Gordon Cooper Jr., Donn Eisle, Walter
Schirra, Thomas Stafford, Edgar Mitchell and Paul Weitz.
Before his death in a fire at Cape Kennedy on January 27, 1967, Virgil I. “Gus” Grissom was a Mason, too. Astronaut Gordon Cooper, during his Gemini V spaceflight in 1965, carried with him an official Thirty-third Degree Jewel and a Scottish Rite flag.
Therefore you can see that Freemasonry has played a major part in the race to space and landing on the moon.
We need to be proud of the accomplishments our Masonic Brothers have made to the space program.
Another fact that is not well known; Brother Mason Buzz Aldrin claimed the moon for the Masonic jurisdiction of the Grand Lodge of Texas. He was authorized by the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Texas to claim it as being in the territorial jurisdiction of Texas. The lodge was named Tranquility Lodge No 2000, named after Tranquility Base the location of Apollo 11’s landing. The Lodge was chartered for the purpose of promoting, conducting, encouraging the principles of Freemasonry, and to aid in promoting the health, welfare, education and patriotism of children all over the world.
Buzz Aldrin was appointed as Special Deputy of the Grand Master authorizing him to claim Masonic Territorial Jurisdiction for the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, on the Moon.
Tranquility Lodge 2000 is based in Texas under auspices of The Grand Lodge of Texas until such time as the Lodge may hold its meetings on the Moon. Its meetings are held quarterly at various cities in Texas, with the annual meeting being held in Waco Texas.
The Freemasons in the space program and especially the ones who landed on the moon are some of the bravest men in the universe. Their efforts and their bravery will be hard to duplicate.
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