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Tecwyn’s return to Llanddaniel

No one knows what the young boy Tecwyn Roberts of Trefnant Bach, Llanddaniel would have dreamt he would later achieve as he spent his school years (1932-1938) at Ysgol Parc y Bont school [click here for school life 1930 - 1939].

Tecwyn Roberts became the NASA’s first Flight Dynamics Officer with the Mercury Project that put the first American into Space. He later became the Chief of NASA’s Manned Flight Support Division during the early 1960s, the Chief of NASA’s Network Engineering Division during the Apollo Moon landings and later was promoted to Director of Networks at Goddard Space Flight Center.

Tecwyn worked with many famous astronauts including John H. Glenn, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins.  He work alongside many other famous people from NASA’s Mission Control Center, including Gene Kranz and Glynn Lunney.

Tecwyn met both President Kennedy and President Nixon. He was honoured with the NASA Exceptional Service Award, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and the Goddard Space Centre Award of Merit.

Not only did Tecwyn make his place in history, but just as importantly, in July 1974 he returned home to his school in Llanddaniel to help inspire another generation of children.
Tecwyn Roberts, NASA - visit to Ysgol Parc y Bont school, Llanddaniel
Tecwyn can be seen here, with Nia Roberts, holding a book entitled Ships and Seamen of Anglesey 1558 to 1918. The book was published by the Anglesey Antiquarian Society in 1973.

This photo was taken when Tecwyn returned to Ysgol Parc y Bont School in Llanddaniel in July 1974.
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Further reading
The below books are further recommended reading: -

Failure is Not an Option - Euguene Kranz is without any doubt one of the most inspirational leaders of the twentieth century, who was responsible for directing some of the key moments of human history. Kranz worked alongside Tecwyn Roberts at NASA from the early days of the Space Task Group and helped to create today’s NASA.

Gene Kranz has written a marvellous book that tells the story of his life and work at NASA.  The book also includes references to Tecwyn Roberts’ involvement in the Project Mercury missions. Click here to purchase Failure Is Not An Option from Amazon (site not associated with Llanddaniel.co.uk)

Arrows to the Moon - This book tells the story of how the demise of Canada's national dream contributed to one of the greatest triumphs in American history. Tells the story of how the Canadian and British engineers from Avro Canada, including Tecwyn Roberts, played key roles in putting Americans on the Moon and in building today's U.S. space programme, including the space shuttle and the International Space Station.

Gainor, Chris (2001). Arrows to the Moon - Avro's Engineers and the Space Race. Burlington On Canada: Apogee Books. Click here to purchase on-line from Amazon (site not associated with Llanddaniel.co.uk)

Read You Loud and Clear! is a historical account of NASA’s Space Tracking and Data Networks, starting with its formation in the late 1950s to what it is today in the first decade of the twenty-first century. It traces the roots of the tracking network from its beginnings at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico to the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System space-based constellation.

The story spans the early days of satellite tracking using the Minitrack Network, through the expansion of the Satellite Tracking And Data Acquisition Network and the Manned Space Flight Network, and finally, to the Space and Ground Networks of today.

“Read You Loud and Clear!” can be purchased on-line from Amazon [click here] (site not associated with www.Llanddaniel.co.uk).
This brief film clip provides an interesting account of some of the most important moments of NASA’s history.
Tecwyn was a key figure with many of these early achievements, he was also instrumental in setting the foundation stones for NASA’s later developments.
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