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Richard W. Underwood  

Richard W. Underwood has been involved in the aerospace industry since the 1950's.

He was involved in the aerial mapping of the Cape Canaveral Eastern Test Range in 1956. He helped design the first topographic maps of the moon in 1961. From 1961 to 1964 he worked on the Mercury and Echo Balloon Satellite Projects. As the technical monitor for photo experiments on Gemini, Apollo, Skylab, and Apollo-Soyuz Project, as well as the photographic consultant for the Space Shuttle, he has worked with involved scientist from all over the world. He is the only person to have provided technical training to every single person to travel on a US spacecraft. The last crew he trained before retiring from NASA in 1986 was the Challenger 7 crew. NASA continues to calls him back to help train all subsequent crews and to train all new astronaut candidates.

While at NASA, Dick made over 1700 speeches on Space Photography in the US and 31 other countries. Since retiring he has made over 700 speeches as a worldwide professional speaker. His speeches are illustrated with the spectacular color slides taken by astronauts. After each space flight he would spend hours with the crew, evaluating their photography, and thus developing a unique and harmonious relationship with them.


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