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Robert Pearlman

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posted 05-04-2006 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When Eilene Galloway was born, the Wright Brothers' historic flight was less than three years old. Now, as she turns 100, she can claim credit for helping to create the agency that landed humans on the moon and is planning to send them back.

Galloway began work with the Congressional Research Service of the Library of Congress in 1941, creating House and Senate documents including a report on "Guided Missiles in Foreign Countries," released just before the Soviets launched Sputnik in October 1957.

In 1958, then-U.S. Senator Lyndon B. Johnson asked her to help with Congressional hearings that led to the creation of NASA and America's entry into the Space Race. "The only thing I knew about outer space at that time," she said, "was that the cow had jumped over the Moon."

Galloway helped write the legislation that created the National Aeronautics and Space Act, which in turn led to the birth of NASA on October 1, 1958. Her work emphasized international coopeartion and peaceful exploration. Later, she served as America’s representative in drafting treaties governing the exploration and uses of outer space and launched the field of space law and international space law. She also served on nine NASA Advisory Committes.

She sat down with NASA TV this week to talk about her experience and turning 100.


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posted 05-04-2006 07:28 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for spaceman1953   Click Here to Email spaceman1953     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Happy Birthday indeed !

Another of the "unsung heroes" (and heroines) of our beloved space program !

Can't wait to see the NASA video !

Gene Bella
South Bend

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