years, I have closely followed mankind's exploration of space.
Although I am not involved directly with the space program in my
career, I still maintain close ties to this endeavor.
I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet many
of the astronauts involved in the early phases of the exploration of
space. I have met 6 of the 7 original Mercury astronauts and all
twelve of the men who have walked on the Moon. I have met 23 of the 24
men who have flown to the Moon. In total I
over 150 astronauts and cosmonauts. Two of these astronauts I am
proud to call my friends.
journal, I describe some of these experiences. For me this is an
archive of my memories. For you it may provide some insight into these
space exploration pioneers.
also had several viewing opportunities involving the
Space Shuttle program and unmanned rocket launches. You will find
descriptions of these events and actual photos that I captured when
the events happened. With
journal entries I hope to convey the sense of wonder and awe that I
felt when I experienced them.
to put these events into historical context, I have included them in a
time line with major news events from around the world.
There are also a few personal events sprinkled in that were important
in my life even though they don't directly relate to space exploration.