About Dr. Raymond R. Arons

Dr. Ray Arons was on the design and testing team of the rocket engines for the lunar landing module used in NASA’s Apollo missions.  As a former Grumman Aircraft propulsion engineer, he was among the team chosen by NASA in 1963 to build and test the lunar module rocket engines for America’s space program.  He was there at the birth of travel into space.  


Through his first hand knowledge of living,

work­ing in Bethpage, Long Island, N.Y.,  Tullahoma.

Tennessee, Houston, Texas and the White Sands,

New Mexico NASA Test Site,  Dr. Arons shares the

stories, the science, the human drama, and the

excitement of space technology.

 

Dr. Arons is a product of New York City’s public school system. In 1962, he earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Fair­leigh Dickinson University. His first job was with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft to work on fuel cells, the first U.S. effort to develop what is now described as clean energy sources.  In 1963 he joined Grumman Aircraft Engineering Cor­poration, subcontracted by NASA to build the lunar module, as a propulsion engineer.  He worked on the Apollo program from 1963­1969. His original reports and photographs are now archived at the National Air and Space Museum, Archives Division. http://siris­archives.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=  


Dr. Arons changed careers in 1969, and joined the administration and faculty of the  Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, where he applied his skills in rocket and computer science to automate medical information, administration and teaching.  He earned his Masters and Doc­toral degrees from Columbia’s School of Public Health.

 

Dr. Arons has the insider’s view of the Apollo Project through pictorial, anecdotal, and scien­tific presentations geared to audiences of 4th graders to graduate school. Dr. Arons serves as story teller, mentor, teacher, and rocket scientist for diverse audiences. 

 

Over the years Arons has presented to a wide range of students from George Washington High School in New York City to local New Jersey elementary and high schools. In 2011/2012 he presented at Bergenfield's Jefferson Elementary School's 4th Graders;The 200 AP Physics and Chemistry students at Garfield High School, Garfield, all 400 students at Wood-Ridge High School, and at a special event for youngsters and their parents at BLAST Cafe in Teaneck New Jersey.

 


Grumman Apollo Lunar Module Propulsion Reports and Photographs [Arons] 1963 - 1969
Subjects:

Arons, Raymond
Apollo Lunar Module
Space flight to the moon
Astronautics
Apollo 11 (Spacecraft)
Grumman Aerospace Corporation
Photographs
Technical reports
Creator: Arons, Raymond 1941 -
Title: Grumman Apollo Lunar Module Propulsion Reports and Photographs [Arons] 1963 - 1969
Phy. Description: .72 cubic feet (2 box)
Bio / His Notes: Raymond Arons (1941- ) received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1962.   Arons started his career as a Lunar Module Propulsion Engineer on the Apollo Project for Grumman Aerospace.  As Chief Data Analyst at the White Sands, New Mexico Apollo Test Facility, Arons tested the Lunar Module engines and analyzed large data sets to validate NASA's ability to land astronauts on the moon and return them safely to earth.  In 1969, Arons turned to the field of medicine and received his Masters (1976) and Doctorate (1983) from the School of Public Health, Columbia University.  Arons now teaches at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
Summary: This collection consists of the following material documenting the work of Grumman on the Apollo Lunar Module propulsion systems: sixteen reports prepared by Raymond Arons, propulsion engineer for Grumman; two reports prepared by the Grumman Propulsion Analytic Group; one report prepared by NASA; and twenty-five photographs taken by NASA, TRW and Grumman of the Apollo White Sands Test Facility (WSTF).
Cite as: Grumman Apollo Lunar Module Propulsion Reports and Photographs [Arons], Accession number 2005-0010, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution.
Subject-Topical: Apollo Lunar Module Space flight to the moon Astronautics
Subject-Name: Apollo 11 (Spacecraft) Grumman Aerospace Corporation
Form / Genre: Photographs Technical reports
Repository Loc: National Air and Space Museum,  Archives Division,  MRC 322, Washington, DC, 20560
Local Number: 2005-0010

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National Air & Space Museum Archives    2005-0010