Space Lectures is delighted to bring Capt. Eugene A. Cernan to Pontefract. Arguably one of the most eloquent advocates of the space program "Captain Charisma" brings with him a wealth of adventures courtesy of a distinguished Naval career and of course 3 missions to space, two of which were to the moon.
Something BIG is happening in Pontefract in October. Not one but two VERY high profile astronauts. Both have commanded the Space Shuttle. Both have flown aboard the ISS.
We first invited Jim Lovell to Pontefract 6 years ago. It finally took a ringing endorsement from Fred Haise and a bit of "googling" by Jim (of Space Lectures) to make it happen.
Eileen Collins was something of a conundrum. The kind of steely eyed test pilot astronaut we have become accustomed to meeting but wrapped up in a persona altogether softer and more approachable that endeared her to everybody.
Born in the deep south, Fred "Pecky" Haise (it's a long story) wears his southern "Good 'ol Boy" persona like a cloak or veneer yet is masks as complex, highly accomplished and successful individual.