Fred Herrmann


I was born in the "Atomic City" (Oak Ridge, Tennessee) and then lived my formative years in the "Rocket City" (Huntsville, Alabama). I believe I was destined for a career in the sciences. I received my early education in the United States and Europe and later returned to Huntsville to complete my education at the University of Alabama Huntsville.

I retired after thirty years of service at the NASA George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, as a scientist/engineer and am the proud father of three lovely daughters and six grandchildren. During my career at NASA, I had the privilege of working on a variety of NASA programs including the Spacelab and International Space Station. I also worked on the Spacelab “Astro” Observatory mission which was the first space telescope and precursor to the Hubble Space Telescope.

I have published a variety of scientific papers and hold a patent for a "Hanging Drop" Protein Crystal Growth apparatus now currently flying on the International Space Station. Many of my memorable NASA experiences were at the Neutral Buoyancy Simulator where I trained Shuttle astronauts for various missions including the Hubble repair mission, Ease/Access and the Shuttle Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU) mission. During this training, I had the honor of working with many of the Shuttle astronauts including Story Musgrave, Bruce McCandless, George "Pinky" Nelson, James "Ox" van Hoften and Ronald McNair just months before he met his premature death in the Challenger disaster in 1986.

When I am not traveling with my lovely wife Melody or romping with the grandchildren, I love to explore the Universe from my Owl Mountain Observatory. Here I can unleash the splendor and beauty of the Universe through astrophotography. My interest in astrophotography began with a modest LX-200 telescope in the early 1990's. These astrophotography interests eventually evolved into the fully automated Owl Mountain Observatory.

Never stop learning!

Fred Herrmann

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
Astronomy books are usually written to impress the reader as opposed to letting the reader understand the subject without getting frustrated in the process. Astronomy for Everyone is written to be easily read and understood.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Independent publishing is relatively easy these days. It allows all people of all backgrounds to share their knowledge at the click of a button. I love astronomy and astrophotography. Astronomy for Everyone features many of my astronomy images which have been featured by National Geographic, Sky and Telescope and Astronomy magazines.
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Where to find Fred Herrmann online


Astrophotography, Just the Facts!
Price: $8.99 USD. Words: 10,010. Language: English. Published: May 22, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Astronomy, Nonfiction » Art, Architecture, Photography » Photography - how to
The purpose of "Astrophotography, Just the Facts!" is to outline a practical and concise approach to the collection and processing of astrophotography imagery using PixInsight and Photoshop. The author's astrophotography has been featured in many magazines including National Geographic, Astronomy, Sky and Telescope and Better Photography as well as many websites such as
The Coexistence of Science and Religion
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 21,230. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Evolution, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Faith
The purpose of this book is to examine the apparent paradox that exists between science and religion and how they relate to the current state of the Universe and our existence.Some claim that science and religion cannot coexist.
Astronomy for Everyone
Price: $7.99 USD. Words: 9,820. Language: English. Published: April 13, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Science & Nature » Astronomy
Astronomy for Everyone explains the fundamentals of Astronomy in language that is easily understood by non-astronomers. Astronomy for Everyone explains basic concepts with the use of simple analogies and examples. Explore the Universe with the authors included astrophotography that has been featured in many magazines including National Geographic, Astronomy, and Sky and Telescope magazines.

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