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Jeff Krinks, Adventure Science Center
(615) 401-5059
 
 
Adventure Science Center to Host Former NASA Officer at Science Café
Free and open to the public, Jan. 17
 
 
WHAT:           Science Café (free and open to the public)
                        “The Space Program from an Insider’s Point of View”
 
WHEN:           Thursday, Jan. 17
                        Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program from 7 to 8 p.m.
 
WHERE:         Adventure Science Center
                        800 Fort Negley Blvd., Nashville, TN
 
INFO:              Calling all rocket enthusiasts! Want to know the secrets behind the history-making Saturn moon missions?
 
                        For this month’s Science Café, Adventure Science Center welcomes Ed Buckbee, the first director of the Space & Rocket Center and Space Camp. During his four-decade career with NASA, he has worked side-by-side with many of the U.S. space program’s key figures, including Wernher von Braun, Alan Shepard and John Glenn.
 
Free and open to the public, Science Cafes offer unique opportunities to engage with science experts in a casual, unstructured setting. The monthly series allows science lovers of all ages to enjoy coffee and conversation about current issues. Come share your opinions, ideas and thoughts at our next gathering!
 
About Ed Buckbee
 
Buckbee was commissioned as a 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.
 
Buckbee served as technical advisor on the motion picture Space Camp and is a sought-after spokesman and advocate for NASA and the exploration of space. He has appeared on CNN, Good Morning America, Today, Discovery, History Channel, and BBC- TV.
 
About Adventure Science Center
 
For more than 65 years, Adventure Science Center has brought science to life for students, teachers and families in Middle Tennessee, Southern Kentucky, Northern Alabama and beyond. The Center offers hands-on, interactive exhibits and engaging programs that encourage visitors of all ages to explore how science is relevant in their lives. Adventure Science Center encourages imagination and curiosity in a fun, dynamic learning environment. For more information, call (615) 862-5160 or visit www.adventuresci.org.
 
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