A great man is one who collects knowledge the way a bee collects honey and uses it to help people overcome the difficulties they endure - hunger, ignorance and disease!
- Nikola Tesla

Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.
- Franklin Roosevelt

While their territory has been devastated and their homes despoiled, the spirit of the Serbian people has not been broken.
- Woodrow Wilson

Apollo 11 American Serbs Team

Pioneers in the United States Space Program

Seven Americans of Serbian descent have had the distinct honor of participating in the construction of Apollo spaceships and by their professional ability and knowledge have contributed to opening the inroads of the infinity of space to our civilization.

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  • Milojko Vucelic: Senior manager for landing astronauts on the moon, Vucelic controlled the analysis of loading Apollo while in flight in space, analysis of the rendezvous around the moon and the direct landing on the moon.
  • Danilo Bojic: Chief Engineer and specialist for "Service propulsion system and Reaction control system" of the Apollo program.
  • Pavle Duic: Engineer for electrical energy for the Apollo spaceship during the flight to the moon.
  • Milisav Surbatovic: Engineer for system of docking and separation of spaceships during space flight.
  • Petar Galovic: Engineer for "Emergency Hatch System".
  • Slavoljub Vujic: Engineer for research on malfunction of electronic instruments for the Apollo and Saturn programs.
  • David Vuich: Responsible for coordination of the program between North American Rockwell and NASA and other companies involved in the building of Apollo.

Shortly after the return of Apollo 11 from the moon, Serbs who worked on the Apollo program gathered together for this photo in front of the spaceship.


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Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla (July 10th, 1856 - January 7th, 1943) was a Serbian-American inventor and visionary genius. Tesla is recognized among the most accomplished scientists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His patents and theoretical work form the basis of modern polyphase alternating current electric power (AC) systems of motors, generators and transformers, with which he helped usher in the Second Industrial Revolution.

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Publishing

In the Mirror

A Collection of Iconographic Essays and Illustrations

By Fr. Stamatis Skliris

The Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Western America is pleased to announce the publication of an outstanding book by Fr. Stamatis Skliris, a disciple of the great twentieth-century theologians Archimandrite Justin Popovich and Bishop Athanasius Yevtich. Fr. Stamatis is a parish priest in Athens and is renowned as an iconographer and as a writer and lecturer on Byzantine iconography.

In the Mirror is the second of a planned collection of works of contemporary theologians. It is an anthology of Fr. Stamatis’ articles which have appeared in Greek and Serbian. In it, he combines adherence to the teachings of the Church Fathers with a vibrant expression of faith through the experience of Christ in the Church. The book is adorned with more than 200 striking icons and illustrations by Fr. Stamatis.

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