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Astronomy & Space Science
Vikings & Scandinavia
Frank Buzzard spent a distinguished 30 year career with NASA at the Johnson Space Center retiring in 2003 after leading the NASA Columbia Accident Investigation Task Force. He then served as Barrios Technology, Inc Program Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) Mission Integration Contract from 2003-2005. During his NASA career Mr. Buzzard served as Chief Engineer of the Space Shuttle, Chief Engineer of the ISS, and ISS Program Director/Senior System Integration Manager at NASA HQ. NASA awards include the Distinguished Service and Exceptional Service (2) Medals.

Mr. Buzzard was born in Wilkinsburg, PA in 1947 and grew up in Longmont, CO--a 1965 graduate of Longmont High School. He served as a US Army helicopter pilot for 5 years including a Vietnam combat tour as a Chinook pilot in the 101st Airborne Division. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering with special honors from the University of Colorado in 1974 as the top engineering graduate. Mr. Buzzard received the University of Colorado Distinguished Engineering Alumni Award in 2015. He received a Master of Science degree in Physical Science from the University of Houston in 1981. He attended Harvard Kennedy School, Senior Managers in Government in 1993.

Mr Buzzard lectures on the Space Program and Astronomy. Mr. Buzzard lives in Vail, CO and has an aerospace consulting business, Frank Buzzard Consulting, Inc.

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Retired NASA Space Shuttle and International Space Station Chief Engineer. Astronomy and Space Exploration Lecture Series:

Wonders of the Universe

1. Realm of the Galaxies--Stunning Hubble Space Telescope photos of majestic Galaxies in our Universe

2. Inside the Milky​ Way--Beautiful planetary nebula, exploding stars, and colorful gaseous nebula seen by the Hubble Space Telescope.

3. Our Solar System—The Rocky Planets—Hubble and spacecraft photos of our inner solar system planets and moons

4. Our Solar System—The Gas Giants and Beyond—Hubble and spacecraft photos of our outer solar system planets, moons, and comets

5. Black Holes—What are they, how did we find them, and how do they drive galaxies?

Reflections of a Chief Engineer

6. Space Shuttle--The development and use of the first reusable spaceplane by America. Review of Shuttle’s remarkable capabilities and lessons learned for the future.

7. Space Station--History of the development of the International Space Station by 16 nations of the world. Why Space Station is important to our future exploration.

8. What has Space Exploration Done for you?--Why do we explore? What technologies do we see every day that benefit all humankind that came directly from space exploration? What happens to countries that turn away from exploration?

9. The Exploration of Mars--Mars will be mankind’s next destination. A history of our exploration of Mars and findings to date.

Birth of Rocketry

10. The Early Years--History of the early pioneers of rocketry—Russian, German, and American—and their remarkable vision of the future.

11. Man in Space--Sputnik, Mercury, Gemini. -History of early satellites in orbit and Russian and American efforts to put man in space. How Sputnik, Yuri Gagarin, Alan Shepard, and John Glenn changed the world.

12. The Race to the Moon - Apollo and Russia. Russia and America develop new rockets and technologies to race to be first to land men on the moon.

Voyages of the Vikings

13. Early History—A look at where the Vikings came from; where they raided, explored, and traded; how they lived and built their revolutionary ships.

14. Vinland, Greenland, and Iceland Settlements—A close look at the remarkable Viking settlements in Iceland, Greenland, and North America that the Vikings called Vinland.
2018 Seabourn Odyssey 15 Oct-Nov 2, 2018 Los Angeles to Tahiti-Hawaii and South Pacific
2018 Holland America Maasdam 25 Mar-22 Apr 2018 San Diego to San Diego-Hawaii and South Pacific
2017 Seabourn Odyssey 5-17 Dec 2017 Miami to Miami-Caribbean
2017 Viking Star 15-28 Oct 2017 NY to San Juan-Caribbean
2016 Seabourn Sojourn 5-22 Dec 2016 Dubai to Singapore.
2016 Holland America Rotterdam 9-20 July 2016 Reykjavík to Boston Voyage of the Vikings
2015 Holland America Maasdam from 21 November 2015 – 19 December 2015 Rome to Ft. Lauderdale, FL
2015 Seabourn Odyssey from October 13 - 28, 2015 Barcelona to Ft Lauderdale, FL.
2015 Holland America Voyage of the Vikings Amsterdam July 25 – August 11, 2015 Boston to Reykjavik, Iceland
2015 Holland America Ryndam 19 Apri-4 May 2015 Tampa to London-Caribbean and Atlantic Crossing.
2014 Holland America Rotterdam 8 Oct-1 Nov, 2014 Athens to Seychelles--Greece, Egypt, Israel, Suez Canal
2014 Holland America Statendam 3-18 May, 2014 Tahiti French Polynesia to Vancouver, BC--South Pacific, Hawaii, Canada
2014 Holland America Amsterdam 7-17 Feb 2014 New Caledonia to Cairns, Australia
2013 Holland America Maasdam 18 Jan-11 Feb 2013 Ft Lauderdale to Rio de Janeiro
The following recent Cruise History has been recorded for this candidate.
Viking Star ST170422A Scandinavia to Spain 28 Barcelona Saturday, April 22, 2017