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North Olmsted resident celebrating Apollo 11′s 50th anniversary with crowdfunding projects

January 31, 2019

North Olmsted resident celebrating Apollo 11′s 50th anniversary with crowdfunding projects

NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio -- Growing up in the shadow of NASA Glenn Research Center, which is only a couple of miles away from her North Olmsted home, Constance Metzinger was fascinated with outer space; however, as an inquisitive young girl, her access to the exciting venue wasn’t limited to the visitors center.

Instead, Metzinger couldn’t wait until it was Take Your Daughter to Work Day so that she could join her NASA structural engineer mother, Marlene, at Glenn Research Center.

Even though her mother retired a few years ago -- after more than three decades -- Metzinger still felt a sense of personal attachment to NASA. It’s this interest that led her last year to use her passion for graphic design to restore and recolor the Apollo 11 Lunar Landing Chart in poster form.

“It was a Lunar Landing Chart issued two years prior to the moon landing in 1967,” said Metzinger, 30, who owns online business Silverbanks Pictures Ltd. with her sister. “It showed exactly the route around the moon and how long it was going to take. I found the chart online from a museum archive of maps, but it was kind of dirty and old, so I wanted to restore it.”

At that point, Metzinger started a Kickstarter campaign that, much to her surprise, was fully funded in less than 48 hours, with more than $32,000 in pledge dollars coming from around the globe, including Russia, Australia, Japan and France.

“I was thinking ahead of time, because I knew this year would be the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, so I thought, let me launch this early and see if people wanted it,” Metzinger said. “We ended up sending out 800 charts.

“I was surprised it garnered that much attention, because I did no promotion at all for that. It did make the ‘Make100’ list. Kickstarter selected it as a project they love from the website and it was on the front page for a long time. Most of the people found it through Kickstarter promoting of it.”

The success of last year’s project led to her current endeavor, which is the restoration of the Apollo 11 Flight Plan. Metzinger said the 364-page reprint required her to pull from various sources of the original plan.

“I’m restoring it so it looks exactly like the ones that the astronauts and NASA Mission Control would have had,” Metzinger said. “I’m offering several versions, including a leather-bound and unbound version.”

The Apollo 11 Flight Plan also made Kickstarter’s “Make 100” initiative. Metzinger hopes to be finished with the latest project in May. After that, she’ll once again enlist the support of her sister, Diana; her mother; and her dad, Frank, to help put the packages together before sending them out in the mail.

Already, Metzinger said she’s thinking ahead.

“It would be nice to do another Apollo or space-themed project,” Metzinger said.

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