Bio: Block, Jerry (Promoted to Senior Engineer – 1969)

Transcriber: Pam Harders

Surnames: Block

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 01 May 1969

Jerry Block, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Block, route 2, Colby, has recently been promoted to senior engineer and technical consultant on the orbiting astronomical observatory satellite. He is presently located at Goddard Spacecraft Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, employed by E.M.R. Telemetry of Sarasota, Florida.

Mr. Block has been engaged with the design and development of the Smithsonian observatory experiment for the past seven years. The highly successful 2 ton satellite, launched December 7, 1968, is the heaviest and most complex scientific spacecraft ever launched by the United States.

The satellite experiment enables the astronomers for the first time to study the stars outside the earth's atmosphere with the 12-inch telescopes on board. During its planned lifetime, the satellite will study more than 50,000 stars.



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