Gene is a technical writer, trainer and business analyst. Between 1992 and 1995 he volunteered at the County College of Morris Planetarium located in Randolph, NJ where he produced, authored and presented planetarium shows, assisted with the planetarium's outreach and public programs. Gene is also an amateur spaceflight historian, amateur astronomer and model rocketry enthusiast and has presented talks about he human spaceflight programs to schools and civic groups. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Kean University and his memberships include the National Space Society, The Planetary Society, and The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He also board member emeritus of the Ferromnte Historic Society and is active in community theater. Gene calls New Jersey home, although misses his adopted home town of St Augustine, Florida.
Mark is an FAA Electronics Technician working on ground based Communications, Navigation and Weather systems since 1975 based in FL. He wanders the web looking for interesting space, astronomy and science content and believes that learning is a key ingredient to a good day. Mark is an avid Space Fan and lucky enough to see one Apollo and three space Shuttle Launches. Mark had "the experience of a lifetime" as a participant of the NASA hosted STS-129 #NASAtweetup group and VIP guest for the launch. Since June 2010 he has participated in a number of media events at KSC. Including on June 22, 2011 "Discovery Media Day," seeing the Orbiter up close from both outside and inside.
Sawyer is a college junior at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, but is originally from New Jersey. He is also a flight director running simulated space missions at the Town of Ramapo Challenger Center. During a public space mission Sawyer directs simulated space missions to the moon, mars, and to rendezvous with a coment. Along the way, he aids people from ages 6-106 and teaches them how interesting space really is, while focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education for the participating students. Sawyer is also a consultant for the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum in New York City. As well, Sawyer has interned with the communications office at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. Sawyer has found a large enthusiasm towards manned spaceflight missions past and present, including the Space Shuttle and Apollo programs. For more info, an article was recenty run in the "Bergen Record", a paper in New Jersey: http://bit.ly/6Umc4Y