- James Oberg
James Edward Oberg (born 1944) (often known as Jim Oberg) is an American
space journalistand historian, regarded as an expert on the Russian space program.
After service in the
US Air Force, he joined NASAin 1975, where he worked until 1997 at Johnson Space Centeron the Space Shuttle program. He worked in the Mission Control Centerfor several Space Shuttle missions from STS-1on, specialising in orbital rendezvous techniques. This culminated in planning the orbit for the STS-88mission, the first International Space Stationassembly flight.
During the 1990s, he was involved in NASA studies of the Soviet space program, with particular emphasis on safety aspects; these had often been covered up or downplayed, and with the advent of the ISS and the
Shuttle-Mirprograms, NASA was keen to study them as much as possible. He privately published several books on the Soviet (and later Russian) programs, and became one of the few Western specialists on Russian space history. He speaks English, French, and Russian and has used his language skills and a friendly demeanor to gain access to the heart of the Russian and European space establishments. (As a result, he has often been called to testify before the US Congresson the Russian space program.)
As a journalist, he writes for several regular publications, mostly online; he was previously space correspondent for
UPI, ABC and currently MSNBC, often in an on-air role. He is a Fellow of the skeptical organization CSICOPand a consultant to its magazine " Skeptical Inquirer".
In 1991, PBS transformed his book "Red Star In Orbit" into a documentary series. HBO has optioned "Red Star in Orbit" for some future made-for-TV miniseries.
He was commissioned by NASA to write a rebuttal of
Apollo moon landing hoax accusations. NASA later dropped the project; however, Oberg has said that he still intends to pursue it. [ [http://www.jamesoberg.com/042003lessonsfake_his.html Lessons of the ‘Fake Moon Flight’ Myth] , James Oberg, Skeptical Inquirer, March/April 2003, pp 23, 30]
*"New Earths" (1981) ISBN 0-452-00623-6 ISBN 0-8117-1007-6
*"Red Star In Orbit" (1981) ISBN 0-394-51429-7
*"Mission to Mars" (1982) ISBN 0-8117-0432-7 ISBN 0-452-00655-4
*"UFO's and Outer Space Mysteries" (1982) ISBN 0-89865-102-6
*"The New Race for Space" (1984) ISBN 0-8117-2177-9
*"Pioneering Space" (1986) ISBN 0-07-048034-6
*"Uncovering Soviet Disasters" (1988) ISBN 0-394-56095-7
*"Space Power Theory" (1999) (written for the
U.S. Air Force Space Command; [http://space.au.af.mil/books/oberg/ published online] )
*"Star-Crossed Orbits: Inside the US/Russian Space Alliance" (2002) ISBN 0-07-137425-6
* [http://www.jamesoberg.com/profile.html Profile at jamesoberg.com]
* [http://klabs.org/richcontent/MAPLDCon02/panel/oberg_bio.htm Biography of James Oberg]
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