«Carlos González Pintado was going to work for the phone company. At least that was his plan in 1965 when he applied for a job with Madrid-based communications giant Telefónica. But at the last minute, he was told he’d need to go back and finish his mandatory military service. Eighteen months later, he returned — only to find the job had changed. Instead, Pintado would be communicating with American astronauts from a newly built space communications center, helping them in their mission to land on the moon».