Ed Buckbee has been associated with the US Space program for four decades. His career began in 1959 when America’s first mercury astronauts were selected. As a NASA public affairs officer Ed met and worked with all of the astronauts who flew on the early Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs. In 1970 Ed was selected by rocket legend Wernher Von Braun to be the first director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
Ed is also the visionary who assembled and managed the worlds largest space and rocket exhibition as well as founded the U.S. Space Camp and Aviation Challenge programs. Over half a million students and teachers from seventy countries have been inspired and motivated by attending one of the programs Ed has created.