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John Bensko Jr. Collection

Identifier: MC-153

Content Description

Materials related to the life and career of John Bensko Jr., who worked from 1956-1978 for Redstone Arsenal and Marshall Space Flight Center, comprising 4 linear feet of material. He was active on the lunar drill project for Apollo, Earth Resources Mission, and collected materials on Howell Crater.


  • Creation: 1910 - 2020


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research in the Archives & Special Collections reading room. Handling guidelines and use restrictions will be communicated and enforced by archives staff members.

Conditions Governing Use

This material may be protected under U. S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S. Code) which governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. You may use the digitized material for private study, scholarship, or research. Though the University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives and Special Collections has physical ownership of the material in its collections, in some cases we may not own the copyright to the material. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in our collections.

Biographical / Historical

John Bensko Jr. was born on December 24, 1926 and died April 24, 2018. Bensko attended Birmingham Southern College and graduated with a degree in geology in 1949.

During his time at the Redstone Arsenal, Bensko worked on lunar exploration and the geology of impact craters, and he directed the development of a lunar drilling rig, which would eventually be canceled.

Bensko helped map earth resources by satellite until he retired.

Adapted from the obituary of Bensko and his wife, which may be found here.


10 Linear feet (9 boxes and 9 maps.)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of John R. Bensko, 2019.

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Processing Information

Collections are processed to a variety of levels, depending on the work necessary to make them usable, their perceived research value, the availability of staff, and competing priorities. The library attempts to provide a basic level of preservation and access for all collections as they are acquired and does more extensive processing of higher priority collections as time and resources permit.

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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama in Huntsville Archives & Special Collections Repository

M. Louis Salmon Library
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899 Alabama 35899 United States of America