These papers primarily document Farouk El-Baz's work at Bellcomm, his lunar studies and work with the United States Apollo program, and his participation in the Apollo-Soyuz
Test Program, in which astronauts in space studied the earth's deserts. Also included is his Desert Bibliography. Papers include correspondence and memoranda, minutes of meetings,
reports, charts, maps, printouts, logs, flight plans, press releases, and material relating to his book, "Apollo Over the Moon." His participation in the lunar nomenclature
committee, which is well represented, includes minutes of meetings, charts, and correspondence with committee members. There is also a copy of the master list of lunar names.
For additional documentation of El-Baz's activities, see records of the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, National Air and Space Museum, Record Unit 353.
Some of the abbreviations used include:
ATO - Apollo Target of Opportunity Flight Chart
ALO - Apollo Lunar Orbit Chart
AEO - Apollo Earth Orbit Chart
LSF - Lunar Orbital Science Flight Chart
NDR - Deepspace Recovery Planning Chart
LSC - Lunar Orbital Science Contingency Flight Chart
Farouk El-Baz (1938- ) was born in Zagazig, Egypt. He received a B.S. in Chemistry and Geology in 1958 from Ain Shams University, Cairo. In 1960 he came to the United
States, where he earned an M.S. in geology at the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy in 1961 and a Ph.D. in geology at the University of Missouri in 1964. After teaching
for a short period, he worked as an exploration geologist for an oil company, 1966-1967.
In 1967 he joined the staff of the Lunar Exploration Department of Bellcomm, Inc., and Bell Telephone Laboratories, and in 1969, became supervisor of lunar science planning
and lunar science operations. In this position, he worked directly with the United States space program on lunar data analysis, landing site selection, lunar exploration planning,
and orbital science crew training. In 1969 he was named a member of the Apollo Program Science Support Team.
At Bellcomm El-Baz began pioneering work in remote sensing in which a variety of scientific means are used to examine the surface of the earth or the moon from space. This
work led him into the use of space photography to study the earth's deserts.
In 1973 El-Baz joined the staff of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, where he established the Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, which he directed until
1982. At the same time, he served as science advisor to President Anwar Sadat of Egypt, 1978-1981.
In 1982 El-Baz became Vice President for International Development at Itek Optical Systems in Lexington, Massachusetts. In 1986 he accepted the position of Director of
the Boston University Center for Remote Sensing.
In addition to his work on remote sensing, El-Baz is also known for his participation in the International Astronomical Union's Task Group for Lunar Nomenclature, which
was responsible for naming the features of the moon's surface geography.
El-Baz has been a citizen of the United States since 1970.
This collection contains oversize material.
Restricted for duration of Farouk El-Baz's lifetime without written permission from Donor. Contact reference staff for details.