IFMA North Alabama

Flying the Shuttle & Other Space Adventures - 03/28/2019

We had 68 very lucky people attend our March 28th meeting at Redstone Gateway Conference Center on Rideout Road to hear the exciting and motivational presentation by former NASA astronaut and retired Brigadier General Robert L. Stewart. We were so honored to have Brigadier General Stewart talk to us about his life after joining NASA in 1979 as an astronaut. Bob graduated from University of Southern Mississippi in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1972. During his distinguished military career, he had military and civilian experience in 40 types of airplanes and helicopters and logged over 6,000 hours total flight time. At NASA, Bob logged a total of 289 hours in space, including approximately 12 hours of Extravehicular Activity (EVA) operations. His space flight experience includes an 8-day mission on the Challenger in 1984 where he and Astronaut Bruce McCandless II performed the first untethered space walk and a 5-day mission on Atlantis in 1985. Even after all this, we haven't even scratched the surface on this man's fascinating career and accomplishments. He made us feel like we'd gone into space with him with his very detailed account of the sights, sounds, emotions of the shuttle launch, entering orbit, the spacewalks and coming back to earth. This was the first time one of our speakers has ever received a standing ovation after his talk. Very inspiring man!








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