NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Helps George Bush Presidential Library Celebrate 'Year Of The Woman'
For Release: July 12, 2004College Station, TX - Doug Peterson July 12, 2004
Johnson Space Center , Houston
NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson will be the featured guest speaker at the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum’s “Library Issues Forum” at 7 p.m. July 15. Whitson’s hour-long presentation and question-and-answer session will focus on her experiences as an astronaut and NASA’s first International Space Station science officer.
The forum will be held in the George Bush Presidential Library and Museum Orientation Theater, followed by a reception in the Library’s rotunda. It is open to the general public and free of charge. The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is located at 1000 George Bush Drive West in College Station , Texas . For more information, call (979) 691-4015.
Whitson and her Expedition 5 crewmates launched on June 5, 2002, and docked with the International Space Station on June 7. During her six-month stay aboard the Space Station, Whitson helped install the Mobile Base System, helped add two truss segments using the Space Station's robotic arm, performed a 4-hour, 25-minute spacewalk to install micrometeoroid shielding on the Zvezda Service Module, and activated and checked out the Microgravity Sciences Glovebox, a facility class payload rack. Named the first NASA ISS science officer during her stay, she conducted 21 investigations in human life sciences and microgravity sciences, as well as commercial payloads. The Expedition 5 crew returned to Earth aboard STS-113 on Dec. 7, 2002, logging 184 days, 22 hours and 14 minutes in space.
Whitson is available for media interviews before or after her appearance, depending on schedule constraints. For more information about this appearance and to arrange media interviews, contact Rebekah Warner, George Bush Presidential Library and Museum, at (979) 691-4068.