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Sunday, July 30, 6:00 pm


1770 W. Cerritos, Ave
Anaheim, CA 92804

About the event

About 48 years ago, on July 20, 1969, from behind the Iron Curtain in communist Romania, ten-year-old Bogdan Marcu watched Neil Armstrong take the first step on the moon. That moment unleashed a space dream and a chain of events that included a gutsy escape plan, a violent confrontation with a miners’ revolt and saving the life of a total stranger, Harold Graifer — a Jewish engineer from Los Angeles.

Our communities will come together to hear this incredible story in person. Marcu, now an engineer at RocketDyne also a professor at the University of Southern California, who previously worked at SpaceX, will tell his story along with members of the Graifer family.

*Refreshments and book signing to follow the event. 

*Free and open to the public 

About Bogdan Marcu

As a rocket scientist, Marcu has worked on some of the most prominent projects in space exploration. From Pratt and Whitney Rocketdyne, where he developed one last design for NASA’s Space Shuttle hydrogen flowmeter turbines, to SpaceX , where he led the design of the Merlin 1D turbine engines that power the Falcon 9 1.1 rocket currently used to launch satellites and the Dragon capsule that supplies the International Space Station (ISS).
At SpaceX, Marcu also designed the first development version of the Raptor’s engine turbines to be used in future missions to Mars. In 2016, he returned to Rocketdyne – now part of the Aerojet Corporation – and is currently working on the development of AR -1 engines that will eliminate the American Atlas V’s rocket dependence on the Russian RD -180 engines.
Marcu’s first science spy thriller “The Morphem Project” is now available on Amazon.