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.
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 next day, Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 pm, Jurek and Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll will pull up their chairs on the Museum’s first floor for an in-depth back and forth discussion about the Apollo era and Low’s importance to it.
Jurek’s new book “The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low” will be on sale after the talk and there will be a book signing.
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.