Thought Leader Series returns for double feature in November

Glynn Lunney TLS graphic

Two Thought Leader Series events will bring a flight-filled November to Space Center Houston.

On Nov. 8, the center will bring in experts from the space shuttle mission STS-95 to discuss the anniversary of John Glenn’s second spaceflight aboard the shuttle orbiter Discovery. At age 77, Glenn holds the record for the oldest person to go into space to date.

On Nov. 15, the center will host a special evening with Apollo flight director Glynn Lunney. One of four flight directors during the Apollo Era, Lunney helped bring home Apollo 13 and was chief of the Apollo flight directors.

These two free event has limited seating, each event requires a separate ticket and tickets must be presented at the door for entry.

STS-95, John Glenn

STS-95: The Second Spaceflight of John Glenn

In a wonderfully full life, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the Earth, served as a Marine Corps colonel, served four terms as a U.S. senator from Ohio and went back into space in 1998 aboard the shuttle orbiter Discovery.

His first trip into space was in a spacecraft about the size of a phone booth. His second trip had slightly more room (and five accompanying astronauts). Join us for a panel discussion with STS-95 astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski, flight surgeon Dr. Phil Stepaniak and mission science investigator Dr. Bill Paloski.

Glynn Lunney portrait

An Evening With Glynn Lunney

Glynn Lynney had a long and storied career, beginning when NASA was founded in 1958 and ending nearly 30 years later during the Space Shuttle Program.

He was selected to be a flight director for Gemini and Apollo, operating on many of those flights. Most notably, he orchestrated the return home plan for Apollo 13 and was chief of the Apollo flight directors. After Apollo, Lunney used his skills to manage the transport craft for Skylab and the historic Apollo/Soyuz mission in 1975, which featured the first international rendezvous and docking.

Lunney then went to NASA Headquarters as deputy associate administrator for space flight and then one as associate administrator for operations before moving back to Houston to manage the Space Shuttle Program from its second flight through June 1985.

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