2012 Physics, Mathematics & Engineering Lecture Series
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
102 Yates Hall
Dr. Steven Alan Hawley (a former NASA astronaut who flew on five spaceflights and currently a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Kansas) will present
The Engineering, Scientific, and Cultural Legacy of the Space Shuttle
For more information, please contact Dr. Tim Flood (235-4401)
April 12, 2011 marked the 50th anniversary of the first human in space and the 30th anniversary of the initial launch of Space Shuttle Columbia on STS-1. Between 1981 and 2011, five Space Shuttles flew 135 missions with Atlantis completing the final mission last July. Astrophysicist and Kansas native Dr. Steve Hawley was one of the first class of astronauts selected specifically for the Shuttle in 1978. He flew as a crewmember on 5 missions, including the deployment of both the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-ray Observatory. He also had positions in flight operations management and astronaut selection during his 30-year NASA career. Dr. Hawley will share his perspectives on the challenges and accomplishments of the Space Shuttle program.