James Oberg spent 22 years as a space engineer at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX where he specialized in NASA space shuttle operations for orbital rendezvous. In honor of his pioneering work, on developing and documenting these space shuttle rendezvous techniques, he was named by the NASA-Area "Association of Technical Societies" as their 1984 "Technical Person of the Year". In 1997 he received the "Sustained Superior Performance" award for designing the complex first Space Station assembly mission.
In support of NASA's spaceflight operations he has written books on Rendezvous Flight Procedures, on Mission Control Center console operations, and on the history of orbital rendezvous. He provides expert assessment and forecasts of Russian space industrial and technological elements for corporate and government clients.
- Star-Crossed Orbits: Inside the U.S.-Russian Space Alliance
- UFO's and Outer Space Mysteries
- Uncovering Soviet Disasters
Author Ken Hudnall shared his insights into aliens, UFOs, and national security, culled from his military background, research and contacts from his former radio program. He suspects that alien visitors to Earth may be more than one race, or have varying genetic designs to operate in different environments. ... More »Host: George Noory
James Oberg (jamesoberg.com), who had a 22-year career as a space engineer in Houston, appeared on Tuesday's show discussing all things space oriented. "I'm the only journalist NASA officially described as whacko," Oberg joked when explaining why NASA cancelled their plan to have him write a book refuting the conspiratorial claims that Apollo never went to the Moon (it was partially a budgetary concern). Oberg also discussed the latest theories about the Columbia Shuttle disaster, suggesting that it may have been a confluence of mishaps that brought the craft down. He hasn't ruled out one factorâ€”strange activity in the upper atmosphere, though he did say that a San Francisco photographer's image of an unusual bolt hitting the Shuttle may have been due to a camera flaw. "Our space program has had surges and retreatsâ€¦ (but) it's a cultural, even a genetic imperative to keep exploring new environments," Oberg said. Going to Mars has practical benefits, but beyond that "cultures th ... More »Host: George Noory