¡Hi! My name´s Carlos Gonzalez and I live in a small town close to Madrid, Navalcarnero.
I was borne in Madrid but it was more an accident than something expected as all my bloodline comes from Asturias (Northern Spain). Anyway, I enjoy the city where I was borne.
I was awarded a scholarship in 1963 to go to the USA to study and I graduated from Helix High School in La Mesa, California (Class of 1964).
I had the privilege of being in the right place at the right moment and I started to work for NASA in 1958, just before the launch of the first manned flight of a Saturn vehicle, Apollo VII.
From there on, I lived and participated in real time in all of the Apollo flights, Apollo-Soyuz, Skylab Space Shuttle and all of the scientific vehicles to our solar system.
After 43 years, I´ve retired from MDSCC (Madrid Deep Space Communications Complex) in Robledo, near Madrid, while being Operations Manager and Deputy Director.
In my private life I enjoy the time I now have for doing the things I like.
I´m trying to learn to play piano and I wrote an essay about the Space Race and, particularly, about NASA´s Project Apollo and, also, about the possibilities of a manned trip to Mars in the very near future. You can take a look at them at My essay and give me, hopefully, comments and criticism to make them better. Just go to mu Visits book. Thanks.
My family is a fundamental foundation of my life and I can´t think about living without them.
I have a wife, Estrella, and two daughters, Raquel and Sara, whom I am very proud of, and I believe that I am very fortunate to have so many wonderful persons in my close surroundings.
One of the best things about my family is that I can fully trust on them. I have very few, but very important, friends (REAL FRIENDS) and I consider them part of my family.
I love to share with my family the good things that happen in my life but I usually keep the worries and problems to myself. One thing I am totally sure is that they will always be with me to help if the need be.
If you want to know my family better, there´s a few pictures at My family.
I´m not as active as I used to anymore but I am still interested in living my life having as much fun as possible and I´m involved in a variety of things that go from writing to giving talks to schools, etc.
E.G. I used to dance flamenco every day and now I seldom do (getting old I guess); also, I am interested in all kinds of musical instruments and I am able to get acceptable sounds from all that I have tried (more than 20), now I am learning to play piano but this one is the most difficult I have found so far.
As you can see in the picture, my wife Estrella and I make a peculiar duo but we animate our friends and family parties. (Believe it or not, they WANT us to play and sing).
Sports have always been very important in my life (I used to be an acceptable swimmer and basketball player). I like just about every sport except sea races.
Mi música: Boogie boogie, Rock, música clásica
Películas: Ciencia ficción, comedias, thrillers, terror
Idiomas: Español, inglés y algo de francés
Mi lema preferido: Carpe diem - ¡Disfruta del aquí y el ahora!
En el 40 aniversario de las naves Voyager había que escribir algo sobre ellas, así que me he puesto el mono de trabajo y he hecho una pequeña reseña que he subido a esta WEB.
Nada de información técnica que de eso hay cientos de publicaciones, un pequeño repaso de su inicio y de su devenir en estos 40 años.
Espero que os guste.
Como siempre, vuestras críticas servirán para mejorar.
My music: Boogie boogie, Rock, clasic
Movies: Sci-Fi, comedy, thrillers, terror
Languages: Spanish, english and a bit of french
My moto: Carpe diem - Enjoy the here and now!
Going to the Moon was not just the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo. It took a few more programs to determine the best landing place and what the surface was like.
I´ve written about the initial steps to get to the final result. After Project Ranger, and in conjunction with Project Surveyor, Project Lunar Orbiter was crucial in such determination.
I hope you llike it.
Also, your comments will help me to create a better product. Thanks.