Is a former museum space science Curator; a former NASA Consultant; and, during the historic Apollo Missions to the Moon, was science advisor to Walter Cronkite and CBS News. In the mid-1960's he created his first elaborate commemorative event -- around NASA's first historic unmanned fly-by of the planet Mars, Mariner 4.
A simultaneous all-night, transcontinental radio program the evening of the Encounter (linking the museum in Springfield, Mass., and NASA's JPL control center, in Pasadena, Ca.), co-produced by Hoagland and WTIC-Radio, in Hartford, Ct., was subsequently nominated for a Peabody Award, one of journalism's most prestigious.
In the early 1970's, Hoagland proposed to Carl Sagan (along with Eric Burgess) the placement of a Message to Mankind aboard Pioneer 10 -- humanity's first unmanned probe of Jupiter; subsequent to its 1973 Jovian Encounter, celestial mechanics resulted in Pioneer 10 becoming the first artifact to successfully escape the solar system into the vast Galaxy beyond -- carrying the Plaque -- whose origins were officially acknowledged by Sagan in the prestigious journal, Science (175 , 881).
In the sequel to his outstanding epic 2001 (2010: Odyssey Two), built entirely around this extraordinary concept of eon-old life in the ice-covered oceans of Europa, Clarke wrote:
In the early 1990's Hoagland led a team of volunteers and consultants in the creation of a pioneering space-age inner-city educational effort at Dunbar Senior High, just off Capitol Hill, in Washington D.C. The experiment was built around the concept of student involvement in real time' mission planning and data acquisition during various NASA planetary exploration missions, such as Hubble and the ill-fated Mars Observer.
Starting as an after school extracurricular activity, and using donated state-of-the-art computer imaging equipment and enhancement algorithms, The Enterprise Mission and becoming a crew member of the 'U.S.S. Dunbar' eventually became an accredited course in the Dunbar school curriculum. Over the years, scores of senior NASA Headquarters and Goddard Space Flight Center personnel have enthusiastically participated in the project, including installation of a student satellite data link direct to NASA and on-site briefing of students on many current NASA projects.
Education advocate, then First Lady Barbara Bush, personally came to
Dunbar early in the project, for a personal briefing by the students;
this -- the original ENTERPRISE Mission -- was ultimately nominated for
a White House Point of Light award.
Hoagland has been invited at least four times to various NASA Centers since 1988, to brief thousands of NASA scientists and engineers on the results of their on-going Cydonia investigation. In 1989, Hoagland and his colleagues briefed then-Chairman of the House Committee on Space Science and Applications, Representative Robert Roe, on the status of their Mars Investigation. Chairman Roe, before his sudden and unexplained resignation from the Congress, directed NASA to acquire better images from Mars during its then-upcoming Mars Observer mission; Mars Observer's equally sudden and tragic disappearance in 1993 precluded any new data relating to Cydonia.
In 1993, Hoagland was awarded the International Angstrom Medal for Excellence in Science by the Angstrom Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden for that continuing research. In the last 4 years his investigations have been quietly extended to include over 30 years of previously hidden data from NASA, Soviet, and Pentagon missions to the Moon -- with startling results.