Alum donates Apollo memorabilia to USD Charles Nickel, an alumnus of The University of South Dakota and a scientist who worked on the Apollo space missions, has donated his rich collection of memorabilia associated with those missions to the Physics Department at USD. Nickel graduated with a bachelor's degree in physics.
Nickel's collection includes books on the Apollo missions, invaluable research material, technical reports and other documents on emergency procedures, textbooks and editions of the National
Geographic that covered the missions. There are also plaques, certificates and awards authenticated with Washington's seal. Among the collection is an award in honor of the NASA crew who worked on the famous Apollo 11 mission in 1969 that included the eminent astronaut, Neil Armstrong.
Nickel was involved with Apollo 1, 8, 11, 14, and 15. He worked for GM, Chrysler, and Boeing, which were under contract to NASA during the Apollo era. The collection is dubbed "Apollo Era
Materials" and is on display in the Physics Department at USD.
Nickel presented the memorabilia in honor of his parents, Walter and Erna Nickel.