Ed Buckbee is the author of the book by Apogee publishing, “The Real Space Cowboys.” Mr. Buckbee is a noted author, lecturer, space expert and director emeritus, and has been associated with the U.S. space program for four decades. Buckbee began his NASA career in 1959 when America’s first Mercury astronauts were selected. He attended the launches of Alan Shepard and John Glenn and was present when the Apollo astronauts lifted-off for the moon landings. He continues to be associated with America’s space program. Ed has met and worked with all the astronauts who flew the early Mercury and Gemini space missions and Apollo moon walkers. In 1970, he was selected by Von Braun to be the first director of the U.S. 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. Over 500,000 students and teachers from seventy countries have been inspired and motivated by attending programs Buckbee developed.