Person:Edward (Ed) O. Buckbee

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Edward (Ed) O. Buckbee

 Public Affairs Officer For NASA



•  Buckbee joined the Wernher von Braun rocket team as a public affairs official in the early 1960s and witnessed most of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo flights. As the Apollo moon landing program came to a close, he left NASA to become the first director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and founder of Space Camp. - Huntsville Times

•  Author: "The Real Space Cowboys, 50 Years of Rockets and Spacecraft" and "The Rocket Man - Wernher von Braun." -

•  Selected by Von Braun to be the first director of the Alabama Space & Rocket Center. -

•  Buckbee has been involved with Huntsville's rocket and space programs for five decades.

•  Buckbee began his space career in 1959 when America's first Mercury astronauts were selected.

Related Links:
• - Article about the beginning of the Space and Rocket Center by Jean Brandau

• - Buckbee website
• Bio - Buckbee website bio & photo
•  Huntsville Times - Buckbee recalls Alan Shepard's historic flight on the 50th anniversary.
• - Four video interviews with Ed Buckbee
•  Wikipedia: Medal - NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal
•  Wikipedia: Space Camp - Entry on Space Camp.
•  You Tube - Buckbee talks about the origin and development of Space Camp.

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