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Rocket Man Bill

Houston, TX, United States

I actually am a rocket scientist with 44 years of experience in the space business.

People like the way I explain complex rocket science in simple terms that everybody can understand. They also like my friendly nature, enthusiastic attitude, and how I am able to quickly answer all of their questions in a clear and understandable way.

I retired several years ago as the Director of Engineering Operations for Boeing's Space Exploration Division. Since then, I have been serving as a docent at the Space Center Houston, guiding hundreds of tour groups through the Rocket Park and Starship Gallery. My personnel folder at the Space Center is full of dozens of complimentary remarks by these guests about how much they enjoyed my tours.

In addition, I have been doing lectures about space exploration on cruise ships for the past several years. I am about to embark on my 30th lecture cruise. These ultra-luxury cruise lines keep inviting me back to do more lectures because the guests really like my interesting talks that are filled with tantalizing insider information and down to earth stories of what really happened in space. And, everybody can sense my enthusiasm immediately. I truly enjoy talking to interesting people about this exciting topic.

I am sure you will find my private guided tour of the Space Center Houston to be fun, informative and good value.

A Recent Review of this guide

We had a fantastic tour at Houston Space Center with Bill. He was so interesting and had so many amazing facts about the Space Program we were enthralled and thoroughly entertained. A Rocket scientist to spend time with at NASA...doesn't get any better :) We learned so much during our fun day. Bill was so accommodating and we were so comfortable in our trip from the Airport to the Space center and with all our bags he made it easy access through the center. Was the best 6 hour layover ever!
Jane Gomes

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Credentials

* An actual rocket scientist with 44 years of experience in the aerospace industry.

* Formal education includes a BS degree in Science (Penn State, High Honors), an MS degree in Aero and Mech Engrg (AFIT), and a Level V (top) Program Management certification (Defense Systems Management College).

* Served on active duty as an officer in the US Air Force for 20 years, retiring as a Lt Col.

* Retired as Boeing's Executive Director of Engineering Operations at the Space Exploration Division in Houston, Texas.

* Served as a volunteer docent at the Space Center Houston for 8 years, guiding hundreds of tour groups.

* Lectures about space exploration on luxury cruise ships several times each year. To date, I have done 29 of these lecture cruises. The guests really enjoy my talks... especially the way I present complex information and answer their questions in every day terms that everybody finds easy to understand. So, the cruise lines keep calling me back for more!

Restrictions

As a condition of service, all guests (or their legal guardian) riding as a passenger in my vehicle will be required to read and sign a liability release on boarding the vehicle.

Guide Requirements for United States

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Tours by Rocket Man Bill

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Space Center with Transport from Downtown,...

7 hour private tour guided by your friendly space expert

535 USD per tour

(max 6 people)

7 hours

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Space Center With Your Own Transport

5.5 hour private tour guided by your friendly space expert

335 USD per tour

(max 10 people)

5 hours 30 min.

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Space Center with Transport from IAH,...

8 hour private tour guided by your friendly pace expert

535 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

8 hours

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Houston Sightseeing With Transportation,...

7 Hour Tour of the NASA Rocket Park, Texas Longhorn Steer, San Jacinto,...

430 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

7 hours

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Houston Sightseeing and Craft Brewery,...

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8 Hour Tour of a Craft Brewery, NASA's Rocket Park, Texas Longhorn,...

495 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

8 hours

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Highlights of NASA Rocket Park with Your,...

2 hour private tour of the real rockets used to go to the moon, guided,...

150 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

2 hours

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Highlights of NASA Rocket Park with Transportation,...

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5 hour private tour guided by your friendly space expert with an optional,...

420 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

5 hours

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Highlights of NASA Space Center with,...

4.5 hour private tour with an optional Texas style meal, guided by,...

300 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

4 hours 30 min.

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Lunch with a Real Astronaut at Space,...

7 hour private tour including lunch with a NASA astronaut, guided by,...

460 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

7 hours

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NASA Rocket Park plus Kemah Boardwalk,...

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5 hour private tour with lunch by the sea, guided by your friendly,...

360 USD per tour

(for up to 6 people)

5 hours

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Group Tour of Space Center Houston with,...

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5.5 hour group tour guided by your friendly space expert

400 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

5 hours 30 min.

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Group Tour of Space Center Houston plus,...

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7.5 hour group tour guided by your friendly space expert

465 USD per tour

(for up to 10 people)

7 hours 30 min.

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Post Cruise Visit to Space Center Houston,...

6.5 hour private tour guided by your friendly space expert

575 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

6 hours 30 min.

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Post Cruise Lunch with an Astronaut at,...

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7 hour private tour including lunch with an astronaut - guided by your,...

635 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

7 hours

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Pre Cruise Visit to Space Center Houston,...

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6.5 hour private tour guided by your friendly space expert

575 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

6 hours 30 min.

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Pre Cruise Visit to NASA Rocket Park,...

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6 hour private tour with lunch by the sea, guided by your friendly,...

475 USD per tour

(for up to 5 people)

6 hours

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Pre Cruise Lunch with an Astronaut at,...

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7 hour private tour including lunch with an astronaut, guided by your,...

635 USD per tour

(max 5 people)

7 hours

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