Engineering the Future

A docent leads a tour through the Davidson Center for Space Exploration


NASA Marshall Space Flight (MSFC) and military retirees comprise a robust docent program that supports the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Space Camp and various museum programs.

Emeritus docents share their passion and knowledge with camp trainees, staff and museum guests to cultivate ongoing vitality and interest in aviation and America’s human spaceflight program. The Center and its Space Camp programs also benefit from current-day scientists, engineers and military workforce who share their enthusiasm and front-line perspective of mankind’s greatest achievements.

Engineering the Future

NASA Emeritus Oral History

Hear recollections of space history from our Emeritus Docents at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, former engineers who worked on the space program.


Schedule is subject to change due to availability.

I was there today and there was an older gentleman in the Saturn V area that was a volunteer. He was part of the space program from the start of it till he retired in the late 90's. The knowledge he had of everything was amazing. This is stuff you can't read from a book. I can't even put into words how amazing this experience was.

As a Purdue engineering graduate, I personally enjoyed talking to Alex McCool Jr, retired NASA, in the Saturn V building. His stories of interactions with Wernher von Braun, John Glenn and Neil Armstrong and his work on the early rocket programs added a unique perspective to the US space program and to my experience at Huntsville. Having retired NASA engineers on site in an excellent addition to your already excellent facility.