Astronaut Colonel James Benson "Jim" Irwin (March 17, 1930 - August 8, 1991) served as a Lunar Module pilot for the 1971 Apollo 15 mission to the moon. The mission was the fourth manned lunar landing and the first to visit and explore the Hadley Rilee and Apennine Mountains.
Using the Rover-1 transport, Col. Irwin and Spacecraft Commander David R Scott conducted experiments and surveyed various land formations. While on the mission, Col. Irwin and CDR Scott discovered and brought to Earth what has been labeled the "Genesis Rock", the oldest rock retrieved from the moon. Before his work on the Apollo 15 mission, he was as a member of the astronaut support crew for Apollo 10. While on the moon, Col. Irwin had a profound spiritual experience. He believed that God was showing him a new perspective on humanity, and gave him the charge to seek out the remains of Noah's Ark.
Back on Earth in 1972, Col. Irwin left the Space Program and founded the High Flight Foundation, an organization with a quest to share the Good News across nations. Through High Flight, Col. Irwin was able to lead a number of expeditions up Mount Ararat in search of evidence and inspired many others to come search with him. On one particular expedition, he was injured by a rock fall and had to be rushed down the mountain on horseback.
Col. Irwin died of a heart attack in 1991 and is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen and their five children. The High Flight Foundation continues in his absence today, and the James Irwin Charter Schools in Colorado were founded in his honor.
Among the many special honors he received, Irwin had an extensive educational background including: a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Science from the US Naval Academy; a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Instrumentation Engineering from the University of Michigan. He was awarded Honorary Doctorates from the University of Michigan, William Jewell College and Sanford University.
Dr. Carl Baugh is Co-Director of a research team (along with Dr. Don Shockey) searching for Noah’s Ark on Mt. Ararat in Turkey. He personally negotiated a 49-year lease of Mt. Ararat with the Turkish government during the administration of President Uzal. He led three scientific expeditions into the rain forests of Papua New Guinea in search of living pterodactyls.
Along with missionary Jim Blume, he is recognized by current living-pterosaur investigators as a pioneer in this research. He was the excavation director of fourteen dinosaurs, including Acrocanthosaurus in Texas and Diplodocus in Colorado. Dr. Baugh's independent research involves the application of technology in biospheric science. This independent research includes hyperbaric pharmaceutical potential in living plants and animals, energized water systems, and energized systems for enhanced production of plants as food sources to name a few. He has been invited as a guest lecturer at NASA headquarters in Green Belt, Maryland as a result of his independent research on the world’s first hyperbaric biosphere.
Currently Carl Baugh oversees the Creation Evidence Museum's hyperbaric biosphere’s physical facility in Glen Rose, TX.
John McIntosh attended Indiana University and earned a Bachelor and Master’s in Education. He majored in physics and math but his interests in earth science and geology led him to teach physical science and geology to high school students. He recently retired from 21 years in the California public school system.
John McIntosh is one of the most persistent, consistent, and respected Ark researchers in the modern era. His research into the possibility of the existence of Noah’s Ark began in a Bible study in Riverside, California in 1976. He has climbed Mt. Ararat at least 8 times in 15 trips to the area. He is also the current President of the historic SEARCH (Scientific Exploratory Archeological Research) Foundation. John has appeared in and contributed to many Noah's Ark documentaries, books and articles. Now, after cracking 3 ribs and breaking an ankle on Ararat (which has not healed correctly), a mishap that nearly cost him his life, John is one of the trusted advisers for this Ark Search LLC team.
Mary Irwin-Vickers is the widow of Apollo 15 astronaut Colonel James Irwin. Mary worked as a fashion model and Jim as a "Jet Jockey" in the air force when they first met. After Irwin's return from the Apollo 15 mission, they began researching and exploring in search of the remains of the Noah's Ark.
Together they both traveled to Turkey numerous times to explore Mount Ararat in hopes of finding it. In 1972, they founded the nonprofit Christian organization, High Flight Foundation. Since Colonel Irwin's death in 1991, Mary has continued her research into the location of the ark. In 2012 she penned a book entitled "The Unsolved Mystery of Noah's Ark", where she details her own research and theories into the whereabouts of the ship. She has also published three other books and currently lives in Colorado Springs.
Dr. Bill Spear has strong fascination with biblical archeology and has taught several courses on the subject. He has looked for Noah's Ark on Mount Ararat and has been on expeditions to the Sinai Peninsula/Red Sea.
His educational background includes: B.S. in pre-med studies, Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery (Colorado State University), Masters in Philosophy of Religion and Apologetics (Denver Seminary), and certificates in Alcohol and Chemical Dependency Counseling. He is a published author having released a book entitled “The Ragged Edge of Faith” and also authored several scientific articles. Presently, Dr. Spear is the Director of Mountain Ministries which he founded in 1978 with his wife of 45 years, Alicia. Previous to founding Mountain Ministries, he worked for the Union Gospel Mission in St. Paul and the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. Dr. Spear practiced in the field of Medicine in Public Health, Toxicology, and Experimental Medicine and Surgery as a Captain while in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era.
Bill and his wife have 4 children and 6 grand-children, and currently live in the mountains of Colorado.
Bob Cornuke is a biblical investigator, and has participated in over fifty expeditions around the world searching for lost locations described in the Bible. These journeys include searching for Mount Sinai in Egypt and Saudi Arabia, looking for the remains of Noah's Ark in Turkey with astronaut Jim Irwin and researching ancient Assyrian and Babylonian flood accounts in Iran.
Bob has appeared on National Geographic Channel, CBS, NBC's Dateline, Good Morning America, CNN, MSNBC, Fox, ABC, History Channel and Ripley's Believe It or Not. He has authored six books and traveled across Afghanistan during U.S. bombing strikes on a video and photographic assignment.
Bob is currently the President of the Bible Archaeology Search and Exploration (BASE) Institute located in Colorado Springs, CO. He also serves as special advisor for the National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools and was invited by the President's staff to conduct a Bible study for White House personnel.
Don Shockey has been an Ark researcher since 1984. He was instrumental in the first and only "ark-a-thon" in June 1986, and is the author of the book The Painful Mountain. Dr. Shockey is an optomologist who received his doctorate from Pacific University, and he also received a degree in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico.
He participated in a number of archaeological excavations including the 1955 Lucy Site excavation of Sandia Man, the Stone Age Mexican Tarahumara Indians, a Roman amphitheater in Albania, Qumran in Israel, the temple mount in Jerusalem and a mastodon site. Shockey was also the founder of the Governor Bent Museum in Taos, New Mexico.
Charles Jackson holds a doctorate in Science Education from the University of Virginia, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Biology, a master’s in Science Education, and a master’s in Environmental Biology from George Mason University.
In 2003, Dr. Jackson founded Points of Origins Ministries and began teaching, speaking, and debating for creation science education. His emphasis has been in making the case for the literal interpretation of the Scriptural accounts as being both scientifically and historically true. As a former youth pastor and schoolteacher, the work of Dr. Jackson has been primarily based on Christian youth with a special focus on college-aged kids in the US. He is also a resident speaker at the Creation Truth Foundation, where he has served since 2009.