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The Space Program from an Insider’s POV

Ed Buckbee, an author, lecturer, space advocate and director emeritus, has been associated with the U.S. space program for four decades.

A journalism-business management major, Buckbee is a distinguished graduate of the P.I. Reed School of Journalism, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV. He was commissioned as an U.S. Army officer in 1958. He served at the U. S. Army Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, AL and U. S. Special Forces, Ft. Bragg, NC. In 1961 he transferred to the newly formed NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center where he worked for rocket scientist Wernher von Braun. As a NASA public affairs officer, he worked with all the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts.

In 1970, he was selected by Von Braun to be the first director of the Alabama Space & Rocket Center. Buckbee is the visionary who assembled and managed the world’s largest space and rocket exhibition and founder of the highly successful U.S. Space Camp and Aviation Challenge programs.
Working with Mercury Seven astronauts, Alan Shepard, Wally Schirra, John Glenn, Deke Slayton, Gordon Cooper and Scott Carpenter, Buckbee conceived and developed the first exhibit telling the story of America’s astronauts at the U.S. Astronaut Hall Fame and Space Camp near NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. He started International Space Camp to promote international cooperation in space and successfully opened Space Camps in Japan, Belgium, Italy and Canada.

Buckbee served as technical advisor on “Space Camp”, an ABC produced motion picture released internationally in theaters and on video. A sought after spokesman and advocate for NASA and the exploration of space, Buckbee has appeared on CNN, Late Night with David Letterman, Regis and Kathy Lee, Good Morning America, Today, Discovery, History Channel, and BBC- TV.

As president of Ed Buckbee & Associates, he continues to develop, promote and present programs to increase the public’s understanding of the U.S. role in technology programs. He strives to increase public awareness of the need to educationally prepare our nations’ youth to enter fields of emerging technology; thus ensuring the U.S. will maintain its leadership in human exploration of space and global technology.

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  • Rebecca

    I travel to the USSRC in Huntsville a few times a year to attend NASA-related talks and activities. It was nice being able to drive just a few miles down the road for this event. Thanks for bringing this guy to Nashville!

    1 · January 19, 2013

  • Michele L.

    Interesting talk and great speaker. It was fun to her some personal anecdotes about the earliest astronauts, but would have loved a bit more science. It would be great to get someone to come in and talk about the future of NASA and space exploration.

    1 · January 18, 2013

  • Jan

    Excellent! Footage shown was interesting as was the first hand account from the speaker. Very informative and at times, enormously funny. It was a fascinating glimpse into an exciting time period.

    2 · January 17, 2013

  • Jeff W.

    That was my favorite Science Cafe I have ever attended. Great guest. Can we bring him back every year?

    2 · January 17, 2013

  • tom a.

    My hypohesis, "Perfect randomness is impossible." can be proved by a mathematical genious (any takers?).What are the ramifications of this theory? .....................................................................................................................................................................................................none other than the retirement of which law of thermodynamics? I'm dead serious about this
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    December 4, 2012

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