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Wednesday November 6th, 2019

Critically Acclaimed Author Richard Jurek to Speak at Museum

Lecture, Panel Discussion, and Book Signing Slated

(Alamogordo, New Mexico, Oct. 30, 2019) – Although collecting $2 bills seems like something anyone might do, the difference when Richard Jurek does it is that those bills have flown in space and been signed by astronauts. Jurek, an internationally known collector of space memorabilia and co-author of the best-selling book “Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program” will be at the New Mexico Museum of Space History to present the Launch Pad Lecture on December 6 and the following day will participate in a panel discussion and book signing. His newest book, “The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low” is a tribute to the Austrian immigrant who led the space agency to the Moon in the 60s.

IMAGE: Author Richard Jurek is slated to speak at the New Mexico Museum of Space History on Dec. 6 & 7. Signings for his new book will also be available “The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low.” (Courtesy Rich Jurek)

Author Richard Jurek is slated to speak at the New Mexico Museum of Space History on Dec. 6 & 7. Signings for his new book will also be available “The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low.” (Courtesy Rich Jurek)

Jurek is scheduled to present the Museum’s monthly Launch Pad Lecture on Friday, December 6 at 9:00 am. His topic will be “The Remarkable Life of George M. Low: The Ultimate Engineer”. According to Time magazine in 1969, without Low “there would have been no Apollo 8 flight to the moon.” Twelve year old Low immigrated to America in 1938 with his mother and two siblings, escaping Nazi Germany and embarking on a new life that would eventually lead him to become the head of NASA’s Office of Manned Space Flight. Jurek’s new book focuses not only on Low’s amazing engineering and leadership skills (he was frequently referred to as a “dirty-hands” engineer), but also on his personal life.

The Launch Pad Lecture and the Saturday afternoon talk are both free to attend. Refreshments are courtesy of the International Space Hall of Fame Foundation. Both are held on the first floor of the museum.

The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589 or visit the website at www.nmspacemuseum.org. Like us at: www.facebook.com/NMSpaceMuseum/

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