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"Author - Enginieer - Visionary & son of Leipzig"

Today, september the 22nd 2013 is the 80th birthday of the german-american former NASA scientist Prof. Dr. Jesco von Puttkamer. Jesco von Puttkamer, who began his NASA career in 1962, when he worked on Wernher von Braun's rocket team as an engineer at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., during the Apollo Program, passes away in Dec. 2012, following a brief illness.

Von Puttkamer most recently worked in the International Space Station Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington as a technical manager. For more than a decade, he authored the ISS Daily Report, which chronicled the lives and activities of the crew members living aboard the International Space Station. He also was instrumental in advancing U.S. and Russian cooperation in human spaceflight. His personal relationships in Russia and the U.S. allowed him to bring both communities together in dialogue and activities. The space station program still is benefiting from his work.

See more here: http://www.nasa.gov/topics/people/features/von_puttkamer_obit.html

Today the International Space Education Institute in Leipzig/Germany (his town of birth) ignited several activities to honor this author, engineer and visionary. They will be published at a conference in Leipzig on Tuesday, September 24th, 2013!


program:
- presentation about his life (Ralf Heckel)
- opening the gallery: "Jesco the private man"
- handover of the painting "Jesco von Puttkamer" (oil on canvas by the artist Cleff III.)
- publication of the 1st day cover: JvP 80th birthday (limited edition 200 pieces)
- formation of the "Jesco von Puttkamer society" - a platform for friends, colleagues, readers, fans, teachers and students
- unveiling of the plaque at the birthplace in Leipzig
- unveiling of the plaque at his former home in Huntsville/Ala (in oct. 2013)

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Jesco von Puttkamer: A life for space-exploration and our future:

 

1961 Diplom in engineering, TU Aachen / Germany
1962 Emigration to the United States, working at NASA during the Apollo moon program
1964 Studies on the reusability of the SBII stage of the Saturn V moon rocket
Professional engineer graduate of the State of Alabama
1973 Head of the working group for the repair of the Skylab
1974 Head of the Strategic Planning Working Group of the permanent development of spaceexploration
1975 Employee of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, preparation of crews
Moving to Washington, NASA Headquarters, Space Operation Mission Directorate
Involved in the planning and construction of the Space Shuttle
1976 PR-manager for the recruiting of the Space Shuttle Astronaut Corps
1978 NASA scientific consultant for Star Trek - The Movie (1979)
1983 Honorary Professor at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen (to 2000)
1996 Honorary Doctor of Philosophy, University of Saarbrücken
1998 Start of daily status reports of the ISS to the Congress, White House and Industry
2005 Advisory Board Chairman of the International Space Education Institute of Leipzig (until recently) since then daily use for young researchers in Germany
2004 "Exceptional Service Medal" by NASA
2007 "NASA Honor Award" for good development of co-operation with Russia
2009 "Distinguished German-American of the Year", Philadelphia (GAHFUSA, Bush, Griffin)
2011 Name-giving of the asteroid "266725 Vonputtkamer" in recognition of the JPL (NASA)
2012 Since 1990, highly sought-after speaker on scientific conferences and congresses in
(Huntsville / USA, Germany, Austria, Moscow)
2013 highly doted commemoration by NASA (4.2.2013)

 


actual media to the 80th birthday:

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rbb-online (60-min-radio report in geman): http://mediathek.rbb-online.de/inforadio/wissenswerte?documentId=17202564
MDR-Figaro: http://www.mdr.de/mdr-figaro/hoerspiel/diskurs/puttkamer104.html
Leipzig Times: http://www.flickr.com/photos/spaceeducation/9859291815/in/set-72157632412571751

 

heckelThese activities are directed and dedicated by Yvonne and Ralf Heckel (long and close friends of the scientist, chairboard of the International Space Education Institute, Space Camp Ambassadors)

 
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