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|Aired on December 14th, 2003|
|Guest: Guenter Wendt|
|Guenter Wendt, the guest on this Space Show program, is the author of "The Unbroken Chain" and was the pad leader during Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs. Mr. Wendt talked about his experiences with our space program, what he perceives to be the problems with today's space program and how best to move forward with a revised space program for the United States and the world. Mr. Wendt also talked about the importance of education and making sure that those still in school know that they can have solid opportunities for working and developing space programs and being in space. Mr. Wendt also discusses the best ways for NASA to access space in the future, he goes into great detail with his experience with the Space Shuttle and much more. This is an opportunity to hear directly from one of the key individuals that safely put humans in space, helped us go to Moon, develop Skylab, and helped us realize a golden age in space development.
|About our guest...|
Guenter Wendt is an author and was the pad leader during Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. Guenter Wendt was born and educated in Germany and came to the United States in 1949, becoming an American citizen in 1955. As a mechanical engineer for McDonnell Aircraft, he was given primary responsibility for spacecraft test, checkout, and launch operations for all Mercury and Gemini manned flights. In 1967, after the Apollo fire, he accepted a position with North American Rockwell at the Kennedy Space Center and was responsible for spacecraft launch preparations for all manned Apollo, Skylab and ASTP flights. He was the last man seen by the flight crews prior to liftoff. Mr. Wendt was in charge of flight crew safety during the Shuttle ALT program and during the subsequent operational flights of the Shuttle Transport System until his retirement in 1989. He is a confidant and personal friend of most astronauts and the recipient of NASA's "Letter of Appreciation" award, several Group Achievement Awards and the "Silver Snoopy." Mr. Wendt has worked on numerous film and video projects. He served as technical consultant on the television adaptation of James A. Michener's "Space", the HBO mini-series "From the Earth to the Moon", and the Discovery Channel's documentary "In Search of Liberty Bell 7". He has been featured in newspapers, magazines and books and appeared on radio and television here and in Germany. He effectively presented the American offer of opportunities via "Radio Free Europe" and the "Voice of America" broadcasts. He is presenting the case for an ongoing space program to students and civic groups on many continents.
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