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To Infinity and Beyond: America’s Space Program Now and In the Future

  • 06:00 PM
  • 970-476-0954

To Infinity and Beyond: America’s Space Program Now and In the Future

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With Major General Roy Bridges, Jr. and Lieutenant General Susan Helms, moderated by Frank Buzzard

Monday, Oct. 7, 2019
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; program begins at 6 p.m.

The Sebastian – Vail |Vail

They call space “the final frontier” — these astronauts have experienced it first-hand. It has been 50 years since Apollo 11 and we’re realizing we’ve only scratched the surface in space. Join the Vail Symposium as we present an out-of-this-world evening with astronauts Major General Roy Bridges Jr., space shuttle pilot, and Lieutenant General Susan Helms, former International Space Station resident and record-holder for the longest spacewalk of eight hours. These explorers will share stories from their time in space, giving the audience a taste of what the world looks like from outside of our atmosphere, as well as a glimpse of what the future of the space program might hold. Former NASA engineer Frank Buzzard moderates.
Major General (Retired) Roy D. Bridges, Jr. piloted the Space Shuttle Challenger on the 8-day Space Lab 2 mission. As a pilot, test pilot and astronaut, he flew 4460 hours in a variety of aircraft. During his Air Force career, key assignments included being the Commander, Air Force Flight Test Center, Edwards Air Force Base, Commander, Eastern Space and Missile Center, Patrick AFB and Commander, 412th Test Wing, Edwards AFB. General Bridges retired from Northrop Grumman on January 31, 2019, after a 13-year tenure. Prior to Northrop Grumman, Roy was the Center Director of both NASA’s Langley Research Center and Kennedy Space Center. 
Lieutenant General (Retired) Susan J. Helms was the first U.S. military woman in space and the first woman to live aboard the International Space Station. She holds the world record for longest spacewalk (EVA – Extra Vehicular Activity) at 8-hours and 56 minutes during ISS Expedition 2 with Jim Voss. She was a Mission Specialist on STS-54, STS-64, STS-78, STS-101, STS-102 (up), STS-105 (down), Flight Engineer on ISS Expedition 2. She logged 211 days (5,064 hours) in space. She was a Distinguished Graduate of USAF Test Pilot School (Flight Test Engineer Program) and winner of the RL Jones Award for Top Test Engineer. She is a military veteran and retired at the rank of Lieutenant General. She also holds the distinction of being a graduate of USAF Academy, ’80, the first class with female cadets.
Frank Buzzard spent a 30-year career with NASA at the Johnson Space Center, retiring in 2003 after leading the NASA Columbia Accident Investigation Task Force. During his NASA career Mr. Buzzard served as Chief Engineer of the Space Shuttle, Chief Engineer of the ISS, and ISS Program Director/Senior System Integration Manager at NASA HQ. He is currently an adjunct professor at CU Boulder lecturing in the Graduate Engineering Management Degree Program. Mr. Buzzard lives in Vail, CO and has an aerospace consulting business, Frank Buzzard Consulting, Inc.
This program is generously underwritten by Brian Stockmar. The Hot Topic series is generously underwritten by Kathy & Neal Kimmel

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