Mines hosting former Space Shuttle astronaut
GOLDEN, Colo., Sept. 19, 2011 – Dale Gardner, retired U.S. Navy captain and a former space shuttle astronaut will present “Space Shuttle: The Beginning, the End and What Follows?” at 4 p.m. Sept. 30, in room 209 of Coolbaugh Hall on the Colorado School of Mines campus.
Gardner was a member of the first group of space shuttle astronauts selected by NASA in the late 1970s. He helped in the final development of the Space Transportation System and subsequently flew on two of the early test missions as a mission specialist.
He will talk about the shuttle program’s expectations and results, as well as its successes and failures, and will provide a personal perspective on flying in space and the challenges that the space environment presents for further exploration and colonization. Gardner will discuss the current state of the U.S. human spaceflight program and his observations on the paths forward, which this country and others may pursue in the coming years.
Gardner is currently at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Golden, Colo., serving as the associate laboratory director for renewable fuels and vehicle systems.
Marsha Williams, Director of Marketing / 303-273-3326 / MarsWill@mines.edu