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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Nemanja Bala

Nemanja Bala (writer/director/producer) was born and raised in the former Yugoslavia. At the age of nineteen, he received a tennis scholarship to study in the United States at the University of Hartford, where he majored in film studies and began making short fiction and documentary films. His work has been shown on Serbian National Television and the festival circuit. While at Columbia University’s Graduate Film Division, he concentrated in screenwriting and received his MFA in 2006.

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Serbian Americans: History—Culture—Press

by Krinka Vidaković-Petrov, translated from Serbian by Milina Jovanović

Learned, lucid, and deeply perceptive, SERBIAN AMERICANS is an immensely rewarding and readable book, which will give historians invaluable new insights, and general readers exciting new ways to approach the history​ of Serbian printed media. Serbian immigration to the U.S. started dates from the first few decades of 19th c. The first papers were published in San Francisco starting in 1893. During the years of the most intense politicization of the Serbian American community, the Serbian printed media developed quickly with a growing number of daily, weekly, monthly and yearly publications. Newspapers were published in Serbian print shops, while the development of printing presses was a precondition for the growth of publishing in general. Among them were various kinds of books: classical Serbian literature, folksong collections, political pamphlets, works of the earliest Serbian American writers in America (poetry, prose and plays), first translations from English to Serbian, books about Serb immigrants, dictionaries, textbooks, primers, etc.

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