This is where it all started. The picture is not very good but there are very few left from those times. This picture was found and retouched by my friend Luis F. Rojo. Thanks Luis.
This is the Madrid Fresnedillas 26m station that supported all of the Apollo Program (and many others afterwards including Space Shuttle).
I started to work in Fresnedillas back in 1968, just before the launch of Apollo VII (the first manned Saturn flight).
This is MDSCC (Madrid Deep Space Communications Complex).
It has a 70m antenna, four 34m antennas, one 26m antenna (the one that was previously located at Fresnedillas and supported Apollo) and one 11m antenna which is used for interferometry.
One of the 34m antennas participates in an educational program with high schools and Universities by students connecting to it via internet and searching the skies.
The 26m antenna is now decommited and will probably be relocated to our Visitors Centre.
This memento was presented to me by the crew members of STS 1 for my participation in the mission.
I was manning the Mission OPS Console at Fresnedillas, Madrid, and our support during that mission was considered as outstanding .
The flag depicted in the frame actually flew aboard STS 1 and I am very proud of having it hanging from one of my walls.
At the Fresnedillas (where all the Apollo Project was supported from) lunar museum with the Spanish NASA astronaut Michael López-Alegría.
Michael´s father is from Extremadura (west of Spain) while his mother is from the USA.
He flew in the Shuttle three times and one to the ISS in a Soyuz spacecraft from Baikonur.
With General Charles Duke and the 26 m antenna that supported Project Apollo (Among others including Space Shuttle) in the background.
Duke was the CapCom at the Houston Mission Control Centre during the landing of Apollo XI.
He also was the LM Pilot during Apollo XVI and has the speed record aboard the Lunar Rover at an incredible 17 km/h.
El próximo día 2 de julio a las 19:00 se presenta en Espacio Fundación Telefónica el libro "El gran salto al abismo" en el que el autor ha desgranado mi vida en conjunción con la carrera espacial.
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!
Para hacer posible aquel "Salto de gigante" fue necesario el trabajo y la participación de 400.000 personas y una red de seguimiento y comunicaciones impensable hasta entonces. Ahí va un pequeño recuerdo.
Siendo este el año del quincuagésimo aniversario del Apollo XI, no podía dejar pasar la ocasión de hacer un pequeño escrito para conmemorarlo.
Los tenéis en mis ensayos.
Espero que os gusten.
Como siempre, vuestras críticas servirán para mejorar.
Next July 2 at 19:00 at Espacio Fundación Telefónica, the book "El gran salto al abismo" will be presented. The author interlaces my life with the Space Race.
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!
To make that "Giant leap" possible, the participation and work of 400,000 talented persons around the world, and the most unthinkable tracking and communications network (MSFN, NASCOM) were utilized.
Here´s my contribution.
Being this the 50th anniversary of the Apollo XI, I couldn´t but do a small writeup to commemorate it.
They´re both in my essays.
Hope you like them.
As always, your comments will help me to create a better product. Thanks.