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Robert Mercer
Bob Mercer Biography

Bob had over 50 years experience as an aerospace physicist. His early experience as a Flight Test Engineer led him into the brand-new and exciting Space Program.

Besides designing, writing and managing software for the earliest digital computers, he worked with the very first United States astronauts. Among many responsibilities, Bob helped the astronauts with their training and operational tasks, and debriefed them upon mission completion. This in turn led to his becoming Principal Investigator for experiments performed during orbits of the moon. He received a U.S. flag that went to the moon in the Apollo 16 orbiting spacecraft, which was presented to him by the astronauts. In later life he worked with large engineering teams to create complex systems that travel both within the earth’s orbit, and to distant outer planets. He also taught at OLLI in Tucson, AZ, during his retirement.

Bob was always involved with youth, and his help as CFO of Traveling Lantern was a “side job” that he took on with relish.

His dedicated support, in so many ways, is the reason this company exists, and we are so thankful for his many contributions. We are delighted to present “My Mother the Astronaut” this summer and plan on developing more science and space related performances in his honor in the future.


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