About the Space Exploratorium

The Space Exploratorium was an inspiration of 3 lifetime friends that met many years ago at White Sands Missile Range and attending New Mexico State University were they all obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering.

They all have enjoyed a productive life in the scientific and high tech fields. They all share a lifetime interest in engineering, physics and astronomy as well as the desire to see a new generation of potential scientists and engineers enabled to experience a rewarding and exciting life just as they have.

In an endeavor to help educators inspire their students about space physics and astronomy, the Space Exploratorium was created. The current website team consists of:
Ramon Fobes
Ramon Fobes
Ray Fobes is an electrical engineer with extensive experience in the design, construction and operation of large earth stations. He has been responsible for the construction of 25-meter and 22-meter class radio telescope. He is providing instruction and guidance in the operation of radio astronomy equipment at the observatory.

He is currently serving as Adjunct Professor with the Radio Astronomy Observatory, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott

James Campbell
James Campbell

Jim Campbell’s interest in science, space and technology was triggered in his pre-teen years when public interest in space vehicles and men going into space began to grow and when as a Cub Scout he was introduced to the groups of stars in the sky called constellations. He was fortunate to work in this area of his interest at White Sands Missile Range tracking and receiving telemetry from many missiles, the first man made Earth satellites: Sputnik, Explorer 1, Vanguard 1 and John Glenn’s historic orbits of the Earth.

With a Bachelor degree from New Mexico State University and a Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Electrical Engineering, Jim Campbell’s technical career was as a systems design engineer at Sandia National Laboratories. Systems that Campbell designed involved lasers, holography, special purpose microprocessors and instrumentation to collect data to be transmitted via satellites to receiving ground stations in order to verify international nuclear non-proliferation treaties.

Today, Mr. Campbell’s interests in space and the universe continue in the areas of radio astronomy, quantum physics, cosmology, philosophy and consciousness.


Neal VinsonNeal Vinson

Neal Vinson has had a keen interest in science, space and technology since he was 12 years old when he received an amateur radio license and spent many hours on the air when the ionosphere was right. He was fortunate to be able to further his interests in science and space technology working at White Sands Missile Range while earning a Bachelor Degree from New Mexico State University in Electrical Engineering. Neal’s technical career spans many decades in the Silicon Valley working as an engineer, engineering management and corporate management.

Today, Mr. Vinson’s interests in space and the universe continue in the areas of optical and radio astronomy, physics, Internet Technology and education.


Carol Campbell
Carol Campbell

Carol Campbell is a licensed English, Reading, and Social Studies teacher. Before becoming a teacher, Mrs. Campbell worked with adults in managing their goals. Her expertise is in educating students in achieving the success they want in life. She believes that students need a wide breadth of studies to be a strong member of society. She also believes being able to recognize and articulate opportunities to achieve success is a vital part of education and that this is missing in today’s schools.

NCLB necessitates teaching to pass tests in order to make AYP and these tests leave out the sciences and history. “What a better place to find out about science and the universe than on the Internet, the World Wide Web,” she states when asked about improving teaching and Internet learning.