November 9 at 2 p.m. in the Grady Planetarium
South Mountain Headquarters
Dr. Terry Hart
In January 1978, Dr. Terry Hart was selected by NASA as one of thirty-five astronaut candidates, and after one year of training and evaluation, he was assigned as a Mission Control CAPCOM for the first three Space Shuttle launches. On April 6, 1984, he lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in the Challenger on the eleventh flight of the Space Shuttle program, during which he was responsible for the first orbital rendezvous of the program, the Remote Manipulator System operation, and the filming of the IMAX feature, The Dream is Alive! The mission objectives of deploying the Long Duration Exposure Facility and repairing the Solar Maximum Mission Satellite were successfully accomplished and demonstrated new capabilities in manned space flight. Hart is currently teaching aerospace engineering and conducting research in spacecraft dynamics at his alma mater, Lehigh University. He is also an FAA Certified Flight Instructor and continues to fly general aviation airplanes from the Lehigh Valley International Airport.