The Life and Dreams of Shelby Jacobs

An unsung hero, Jacobs gave the world the famous “Blue Marble” image that provided definite proof that the Earth was round. As a mechanical engineer and a project manager of the Apollo-Soyuz orbiter, Jacobs designed instrumentation that would capture one of the most repeated images in space history: the separation between the first and second stages of the Apollo 6 spacecraft in 1968.
Shelby Jacobs
Engineer
a hidden figure from within our community

This is the story of Shelby Jacobs, a hidden figure from within our community. His powerful message centers around perseverance, equity, and determination. Shelby is responsible for adapting the technology (camera ejection system) used in the NASA Apollo program during the 60’s. He also is credited for the first documenting photograph that confirmed that the Earth is indeed round. His story is now being shared so that the world knows about his incredible contributions to the space race.

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ACHIEVING IMPOSSIBLE

Rocket man: Apollo engineer a pioneer

While the achievements of the Apollo program are impressive, so are those of men like Jacobs, who NASA has hailed as one of its “unsung heroes.” Jacobs was one of the first and few black engineers hired into the space program in the mid-1950s, and over a 40-year career he rose to top management positions in the Apollo and Space Shuttle programs.

Do You Know?…Aerospace Engineer Shelby Jacobs

Gayle Anderson was live in Downey for her latest in a series of BLACK HISTORY MONTH reports entitled, DO YOU KNOW?. Today, we learn about retired aerospace engineer Shelby Jacobs, He was the Apollo…

Achieving the Impossible:

Early Achievements

When he attended high school, he was recognized as a high-rated student, voted the class president of his class, the first of his race to be recognized in such a way, especially during that period of our country. He also excelled as an athlete during these years.

NASA has hailed Mr. Jacobs as one of its “unsung heroes"

Jacobs credits his career breakthrough in the segregated 1950s to divine intervention, an innate proficiency for numbers and the dawn of the Cold War, which opened up hundreds of engineering jobs to qualified women and people of color. Discrimination was omnipresent, he admits, but he countered it with results.

Amazingly Accomplishments

HELLO AMERICA!—It is quite exciting, I must admit, to meet someone of color who paved the way for so many extraordinary accomplishments. Shelby Jacobs is a mechanical engineer from the Apollo era. As Project Manager of the Apollo-Soyuz orbiter, Shelby designed instrumentation that would capture one of the most repeated images in space history: the separation between the first and second stages of the Apollo 6 spacecraft in 1968.

Community Leader

In 2011, Diane passed away from cancer. He established a scholarship in her name for disadvantage children in the Oceanside School District.

The Man The Legend

Mr. Shelby Jacobs

Remember, "All things that can be conceived can be achieved."
All you have to do is Believe.

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