For 21 years, Dr. Gibson was a co-holder of the American record for time in
space of 84 days set when he was the Science-Pilot on Skylab III in 1974. On
that mission, he worked outside the space station for over 15 hours during three different spacewalks.
During his 14 year career with NASA, he also served on the support crew of the
Apollo 12 mission and as the ground communicator with the flight crew while
they explored the moon. He earned Air Force wings and has logged over 2,200
hours of high performance time and 100 hours in helicopters.
Ed earned his undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of
Rochester and an MS and Ph.D. in Engineering and Physics from the California Institute of Technology. After one year in industry, he was selected as one of the first six Scientist-Astronauts out of 2,000 applicants.
After his NASA career, Ed held marketing and program management positions
with Booz, Allen and Hamilton and TRW in the areas of space and energy
development. He was the President of the Oregon Museum of Science and
Industry and his own consulting company, Gibson International. As a Senior Vice President at the Science Applications International Corporation, he was Manager of its EROS Data Center Operations in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As one of two owners of Aerospace Partners, he was the Chairman of a Review Board for the NASA Orion Project, which was intended to return to the moon.
He has published technical papers and articles for the general public including a text book in solar physics, two novels through Doubleday and Bantam, Reach
and In the Wrong Hands, and edited The Greatest Adventure, a compilation of
stories and pictures on space missions from many astronauts and cosmonauts
around the world.
Dr. Gibson received a number of honorary doctorate degrees and national and
international awards and honors including the Robert J. Collier Trophy, the
NASA Distinguished Service Medal from the President, and induction into the
US Astronaut Hall of Fame.
His current interests are speaking, writing and spoiling grandchildren.