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Directory of Ambassadors: David Leaphart
David Leaphart
David Leaphart
Member Since 2018

Greer, South Carolina


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Biographical Information:

David Leaphart entered the space age at the time of the Mercury astronauts by founding and leading a model rocket society. He arranged group viewings of the first Saturn V launch (Apollo 4), 11 and 14. He obtained two degrees in physics and did research in exoplanet orbits around binary stars. He taught astronomy in graduate school and was student director of the Melton Observatory in Columbia, South Carolina. His professional career was computer networking, but he was able to use his physics training on aviation safety and early GPS for small airplanes. He is continuously involved in programs to educate and inspire the public on space science, its exploration, its discoveries, and its impacts to all of us. He is partnering with local organizations like libraries to engage many in discussions on astronomy, space exploration, astronautics, and NASA activities.

Past Events Hosted By This Ambassador:

Cassini - Legacy of Saturn Discoveries
Roper Mountain Astronomers April Meeting

Preparing to Land a Man on the Moon - Apollo 11
Laurens County Library - 1017 W. Main Street

Forward to the Moon by 2024 - Project Artemis
Laurens County Library, 1017 W Main Street

Starry Night Observing
Charles E. Daniel Observatory

Explore the International Space Station and Mars
Ray Hopkins Senior Center - 203 Corn Road - Mauldin

Past Events Collaborated On By This Ambassador:

Scientist for a Day Essay Contest Judging
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory - Scientist for a Day

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Last Updated: 13 Aug 2019