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U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame inductee Fred Gregory to speak

11/16/2010

Space shuttle astronaut Fred Gregory will share his experiences of three space shuttle missions in a talk at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 22, in the David R. Taylor Auditorium, Farmer School of Business at Miami University.

Gregory will also present Megan Marshall, senior physics and mathematics double major, with a $10,000 scholarship from the Astronaut Foundation.

Gregory is a member of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame and the first African American to command a space flight. He has logged more than 450 hours in space, piloting the space shuttles Challenger (STS-51-B), Discovery (STS-33) and Atlantis (STS-44. Between 1992 and 2005 he led the NASA safety and mission assurance office, the human space flight office and served as NASA’s deputy administrator and acting administrator at NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

He was inducted in to the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2004 and is an active supporter of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF).

ASF bestows the largest monetary award given in the United States to engineering and science undergraduates and postgraduate students based solely on merit. Founded in 1984 by the six surviving members of America’s original Mercury astronauts, its mission is to aid the United States in retaining its world leadership in science and technology by providing scholarships for exceptional college students pursuing degrees in these fields.

Miami is one of 19 schools nationwide eligible for nominating students for this award.

Gregory’s talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the honors program.

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