Dr. R. Ken Johnston, Sr. ~ Bio

ken johnston-cropped-version 2Dr. R. Ken Johnston, Sr. one of 4 Civilian Astronaut Consultant Pilots from the Apollo Moon Program, Is a retired aerospace worker, ex-US Marine cadet and so-called “NASA Whistleblower.” His principal claim to fame within the NASA-hating community is that he refused to follow orders and destroy a nearly-complete collection of 10″x 8″ glossy photoprints from the Apollo program.
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Johnston was born in Hart, Texas in 1943, and studied at Oklahoma City University. He enlisted in the US Marines in August 1962 and reported to Pensacola as a Marine cadet for flight training in September 1964. He left the Marines in August 1966.
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As a qualified avionics technician, Johnston was hired by Grumman Aircraft, principal contractor for the Apollo Lunar Module, to assist with cockpit and instrument development and training, in Houston. He has described his status at that time as a “civilian astronaut consultant pilot.”
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From 1969 to 1972, during the Apollo Program, he was employed by Brown & Root, principal contractors to NASA for Ken_Johnston,_Sr._as_a_USMC_Aviation_Officer_Cadetmanagement of the Lunar Receiving Laboratory, where all the moonrocks were stored, curated, catalogued and in some cases distributed to scientists who had successfully applied to carry out analysis in their own labs.
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An important part of Johnston‘s duty was to package and ship lunar samples to science labs, together with photographs documenting their exact location and orientation in situ. As such, he had in his office several sets of photographs taken by Apollo astronauts with their chest-mounted Hasselblad cameras. When the moonrock distribution wound down, he was instructed by Bud Laskawa, his boss, to destroy what remained of the photo archive, but he kept one set as a personal collection.
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Dr. R. Ken Johnston, Sr. 462560546Johnston applied to NASA for the 1977 astronaut selection for duty as a Space Shuttle astronaut, but was turned down on the basis of inadequate academic qualifications. The ideal astronaut was no longer a jet-jock, but a highly educated person with useful skills. Accordingly, Johnston obtained a Ph.D. in Metaphysics from the Reform Baptist Theological Seminary in Denver, CO., and began using the title “Dr. Johnston.” However, by the time NASA was recruiting again, Johnston says he was considered too old. He did, however, join NASA’s educational outreach program as a “Solar System Ambassador” — a purely voluntary appointment.
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In mid-2013, Johnston was one of the 2,761 applicants for the one-way-only trip to Mars, offered by the Mars One project. He was short-listed as one of 1,058 “quarter-finalists” on 30 December 2013.

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