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Apollo and I: The Egyptian Geologist Who Trained American Astronauts
Dec. 10, 2017
Dr. Farouk El-Baz
Non-fiction: Memoir
Apollo and I: The Egyptian Geologist Who Trained American Astronauts is a tale of a Nile fish-out-of water—still breathing! Dr. Farouk El-Baz was fourth in a line of nine children born to a distinguished scholar of the Azhar Islamic Institution, and his wife—whom he taught to read and write! Born in a Nile Delta town called Zagazig, Dr. El-Baz surely zigzagged through once-in-a-lifetime events during a fascinating, six-decade career. That included playing a central role in planning for the Apollo missions to the Moon, working with world leaders, and using satellite images to locate groundwater in deserts.

Dr. El-Baz’s memoir Apollo and I provides a unique perspective of the Apollo missions and beyond. It is a narrative with a great deal of space science as well as international topics, yet is it written for non-specialists. It makes a timely read for two reasons:

Publishing could be timed in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Armstrong’s landing on the Moon, which will be in July, 2019.
The story of a young Egyptian who immigrated to the U.S., then played a leading role in the most advance American success story, would be a powerful and timely topic, both to older readers and younger generations alike.

Apollo and I conveys the improbable story of the role an Egyptian geologist played in the U.S. space program. Its first scene takes place at the Houston Space Center just as the Apollo 11 headed to the Moon. It relays Dr. El-Baz’s role in the selection of sites for all six lunar missions. What follows is a summary of his life’s journey and what led him to the NASA job. A chapter is devoted to a leading role in training of the Moon-bound astronauts in visual observations and photography. Next is an insider story of naming the features of the Moon and their formal approval.

The next section begins with a decade at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. There, Dr. El-Baz was party to initiating the first IMAX movie, To Fly, and acquiring a Moon rock for people to “Touch the Moon.” That is followed by leading scientific aspects of the American-Soviet “Apollo-Soyuz” mission. Two chapters follow describing journeys to Arabian Gulf countries and serving as science advisor to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt.

The third section deals with initiating the Center for Remote Sensing at Boston University, which he has directed for over 30 years. There, he applied advanced methodologies to resolving the controversy of the Million Man March in Washington, DC. Thereafter, a research project dealt with evaluating the effects of the first Gulf War on the desert surface of Kuwait, and detailed studies of other deserts. One chapter explains research on groundwater accumulation in dry places as Darfur, under the auspices of the United Nations.

The last section covers research activities in Egypt, including applying remote sensing techniques to determine causes of deterioration of the wall painting in the tomb of Queen Neferteri, and to reveal the contents of a disassembled boat at the base of the Great Pyramid of Giza. At the end is a summary of Dr. El-Baz’s proposal for a Development Corridor west of the Nile River, then an account of his support of Egypt’s youth during the Tahrir Revolution of 2011.
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