NASA employees are invited to attend a memorial for Jesco von Puttkamer on Feb. 4, at 10:30 a.m.
On Monday, Feb. 4 at 10:30 a.m. in the NASA HQ Auditorium, a memorial will be held to honor the life and career of Jesco von Puttkamer. His career began with the Apollo program, and his most recent assignment was documenting in-orbit activities of the International Space Station in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
Von Puttkamer was an expert on the Russian space program, and he was instrumental in advancing U.S. and Russian cooperation in human spaceflight. His personal relationships in Russia allowed him to bring both communities together in dialogue and activities. He also received numerous awards during his 50 years at NASA. Among those honors was NASA's prestigious Exceptional Service Medal in 2004. In 2007, he received a NASA Honor Award for successful initiatives of advancing American-Russian cooperation in spaceflight. He authored more than a dozen books on spaceflight as well as many science fiction novels.