November 15 marks the 50th anniversary of the death of astronaut and U.S. Air Force Maj. Michael J. Adams following the crash of the X-15 Rocket Plane.
The Sacramento native crashed following what was his seventh X-15 flight. When he began his descent on Nov. 15, 1967, his aircraft encountered increased aerodynamic pressure and sending it into a Mach 5 spin. The aircraft broke up, killing Adams in the process.
A moment of silence for the fallen astronaut will be held at 10:34 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at the Adams Memorial Site near Randsburg. The memorial site is located on Trona Road; when heading Red Mountain just past Johannesburg, turn onto Trona Road and head north four miles, then left on a dirt road for a half mile to the monument site.
At 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, an unveiling of a significant reconstruction of the monument area will be done. A barbecue and other activities will be part of the ceremony.
Following the re-dedication ceremony, author and journalist Michelle Evans will hold a special presentation, “The Life of Pilot and Astronaut Michael Adams” at 3 p.m. at the Randsburg Opera House in Randsburg.
Evans will also hold a presentation Friday night, 7 p.m. at the Maturango Museum, 100 E. Las Flores Ave.
For more information, contact Michelle Evans at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-770-0702.
Visit www.mach25media.com/adams.html for maps and information.