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Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Oral History


Kennedy Space Center Oral History

The statements contained in these interviews represent the opinions of the interviewees and not the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

The KSC Oral History Program (KOHP) goals are:

To capture the history of individuals who served the Nation’s space program at the Kennedy Space Center, gateway to space for all of America's human space flights and many of its payloads on expendable launch vehicles

To foster a learning organization at KSC by utilizing knowledge as a resource where employees, new hires and existing personnel, can learn about KSC’s heritage, gain valuable insight from those who worked in their functional area, and draw from the lessons learned by former personnel

To engage the public in shaping and sharing the experience of exploration and discovery through the widest possible dissemination of oral history material to the public, the media, formal and informal educational institutions and to academic and professional researchers

This is an on-going effort and new interviews will be added as they are produced. The content and opinions in the interview are solely those of the interviewee.

Images of STS 1Image at left - STS-1 launched at Kennedy Space Center on April 12, 1981

STS-1 marked NASA’s very first Space Shuttle Mission. Commanded by John Young and flown by pilot and future KSC Center Director Robert Crippen, this historic launch marked a new era in space exploration for NASA.



Below are Some of KSC's Oral Histories

  • Armstrong, Dennis – June 28, 2002
  • Bain, Elizabeth M. (Carlton) – September 25, 2000
  • Ball, Jim – June 19, 2002
  • Bank, Herman – July 24, 2000
  • Barbree, Jay – June 14, 2002
  • Belcher, Edward G. – September 24, 2000
  • Blocker, Lonnie – June 22, 2004
  • Bridges, Roy – July 17, 2001
  • Bruckner, Bobby – June 12, 2001
  • Brown, Joseph – April 15, 2003
  • Buchanan, Don – April 15, 2003
  • Butler, Sue – June 5, 2002
  • Bumper Project Group Interview – July 24, 2000
  • Culbertson, Phil – April 1, 2004
  • Clemens, William – August 3, 2004
  • Conway, John – 2003  |  March 25, 2004
  • Covington, Walt – August 16, 2004
  • Crippen, Robert – July 17, 2002
  • Dannenberg, Konrad – July 25, 2000
  • Diggs, Johnny – May 11, 2004
  • Donnelly, Paul – August 23, 2003
  • Droz, Robert – July 24, 2000
  • English, George – June 17, 2002
  • Feile, Ron – August 10, 2004
  • Francois, Steve – August 5, 2004
  • Garcia, Jose – September 30, 2004
  • Giesler, CM – June 3, 2004
  • Gray, Norris – September 25, 2000
  • Greenfield, Terry – June 11, 2001
  • Grine, Kenneth & Barbara – June 13, 2002
  • Haddad, Mike – June 27, 2004
  • Harris, Hugh – June 25, 2001  |  February 20, 2002
  • Harwood, Bill – June 14, 2002
  • Honeycutt, Jay – August 2, 2004
  • Jansen, Bruce – July 29, 2003
  • Jennings, James – July 19, 2002
  • Johanson Jr., Roy – March 2, 2004
  • Jones, Richard – September 25, 2000
  • Kapryan, Walt – April 7, 2003
  • King, Dave – October 16, 2002
  • King, Jack – June 20, 2002
  • Lyon, Dick – July 23, 2004
  • Mauk, Larry – June 20, 2002
  • McCartney, Forrest – June 26, 2001
  • Montgomery, Ann – March 21, 2003
  • Morgan, Joanne – May 20, 2004
  • Moser, Enoch – July 30, 2004
  • Nagel, Conrad – June 24, 2003
  • Nelson, Joseph – August 2, 2003
  • Overton, Thomas – August 4, 2003
  • Page, George – June 25, 2001
  • Parrish, Alan - June 14, 2001
  • Parsons, Bill - December 3, 2008
  • Reyes, Ernie – July 23, 2003
  • Richman, Arnold – June 18, 2002
  • Rigell, Ike – June 18, 2001
  • Scheller, Donald – June 25, 2003
  • Scherer, Lee – November 7, 2002
  • Sieck, Bob – June 27, 2001
  • Smith, Richard – June 27, 2001
  • Solid, Lee – June 27, 2001
  • Straiton, John – June 19, 2001
  • Thape, Roy – July 23, 2004
  • Tribe, John – August 31, 2004
  • Utsman, Tom – August 4, 2004
  • Viarta, Manny – June 24, 2002
  • Wetmore, Mike – August 3, 2003
  • Wiley, Warren – August 21, 2003
  • Whitehead, Virginia – February 13, 2004