¡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 1968, 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, two daughters, Raquel and Sara (and their counterparts, Raúl and Fran), and a grandson, Hugo, all of 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 rely on them. I have very few, but very important, friends (REAL FRIENDS, with capital letters) 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 of 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!
Cuando termino una charla me preguntan, en muchas ocasiones, que retorno recibió el ciudadano de a pié de la ingente cantidad de dinero invertido en la carrera espacial y la posterior exploración del espacio.
He subido a esta WEB un pequeño sumario de muchas de estas aportaciones a la vida diaria.
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!
After many of my lectures about the Space Program, I have been asked what has the contribution of this incredible expenditure been on the normal citizen.
I have uploaded a small sumary of many of these contributions to every day life.
Hope you like it.
As always, your comments will help me to create a better product. Thanks.