My 1st Professional Job as a Spacecraft Model Maker

Nick Proach with TV news anchors

People often ask me how I came to be a professional spacecraft model maker.

When I was 17 years old, I created my first model of the Lunar Rover. It was right before the Apollo 15 mission in 1971, which used the Rover for the first time and was a big story in the news. So I called up the CBC and CTV to tell them what I’d done and to offer them the use of my model for their coverage of the Apollo 15 mission if they needed it.

The CBC got back to me right away to thank me for my offer. They said they already had enough models to work with but would keep me in mind in case they ended up needing another, which I thought was nice.