Students to chat with a former NASA astronaut
Covey to host live online chat event
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[October 17, 2007]
DE PERE, Wis. -- Former astronaut Richard Covey
will host a live, online chat with students and teachers on Thursday
from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. During the event, Covey will answer
students' questions about his four missions in space. Space
enthusiasts are encouraged to submit questions before or during the
scheduled chat time by visiting
Currently, Covey serves as the president and chief executive officer
of the United Space Alliance. As a former NASA astronaut, he
commanded the flight of Endeavour in December 1993 to service and
repair the Hubble Space Telescope, a mission for which he and his
crew received the National Space Club's Goddard Trophy in 1994. His
other space flights were STS-38, a classified Department of Defense
mission in 1990; STS-26, the first flight of Discovery after the
Challenger accident in 1988; and STS 51-I, another spacecraft repair
mission in 1985. In addition to his flight duties, Covey held key
management positions in the Astronaut Office and Flight Crew
Operations Directorate at the Johnson Space Center during his 16
years with NASA.
Prior to joining NASA, Covey served in the U.S.
Air Force as a test force director, test pilot and operational
fighter pilot. His honors include two Defense Distinguished Services
Medals, the NASA Distinguished Service Medals and five Distinguished
Flying Crosses, including four received during the 339 combat
missions he flew over Southeast Asia. In 2004, he was inducted into
the Astronaut Hall of Fame.
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Space Explorers Inc.
is sponsoring the chat event. The company provides K-12
standards-based science programs, including virtual simulations,
experiments and data analysis tools, to thousands of educators
across the United States. Through these programs, Space Explorers
strives to inspire a new generation of explorers to pursue careers
in science, math and technology.
To learn more about this chat event, visit
www.space-explorers.com. For additional information, please
contact Elizabeth Schmeisser at 800-965-3763.
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