Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Right Stuff

1967 - 1992

"My interest in space as something to be in, rather than simply to look at ..."

Gerard O'Neill was a candidate for the Apollo program as a scientist/astronaut. Although he was not selected, he did remain actively involved in funding space exploration and research. He founded The Space Studies Institute at Princeton where he was a professor beginning in 1954.

For the earthbound, he founded a few companies, including one that pioneered in wireless technologies. O'Neill Communications developed LAWN, Local Area Wireless Networking system, used in the high-speed train system.

He died in 1992 and realized his dream of being in space five years later. In 1997, his were among 24 remains samples, the first to be launched for space burial. That launch also included Gene Roddenberry, Star Trek creator, and Timothy Leary, inner- and outer-space advocate.

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