Although collecting $2 bills seems like something anyone might do, the difference when Richard Jurek does it is that those bills have flown in space and been signed by astronauts. Jurek, an internationally known collector of space memorabilia and co-author of the best-selling book “Marketing the Moon: The Selling of the Apollo Lunar Program” will be at the New Mexico Museum of Space History to present the Launch Pad Lecture on December 6 and the following day will participate in a panel discussion and book signing. His newest book, “The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low” is a tribute to the Austrian immigrant who led the space agency to the Moon in the 60s.
Saturday, December 7 at 2:00 pm, Jurek and Museum Executive Director Chris Orwoll will pull up their chairs on the Museum’s first floor for an in-depth back and forth discussion about the Apollo era and Low’s importance to it. Jurek’s new book “The Ultimate Engineer: The Remarkable Life of NASA’s Visionary Leader George M. Low” will be on sale after the talk and there will be a book signing. According to Publishers Weekly, “The result of Jurek’s extensive research and careful use of detail is a comprehensive portrait of a figure vastly greater in significance than in name recognition.”