Former Apollo-Soyuz and space shuttle astronaut Vance Brand will discuss his space travels the afternoon of Saturday, April 21, at the NASA Aerospace Exploration Gallery in the Palmdale Civic Center.
Brand, currently deputy director for aerospace programs at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, will begin the first of two talks at 1 p.m., and the other at 2 p.m.
From 9 a.m. until Brand's first presentation, NASA Dryden life support technician Jim Sokolik will provide popular high-altitude pressure suit demonstrations beginning each hour, giving visitors an up-close look at how these and equivalent space suits work. Two mock-up Extra-Vehicular Activity, or EVA, suits will also be on display.
NASA Dryden is hosting the event in conjunction with the Palmdale City Library as part of the library's One Book, One Valley program for the month of April. This month's focus is the book "Rocket Boys," the autobiography of Homer H. Hickham Jr., a coal miner's son turned NASA engineer. The New York Times bestseller inspired the movie "October Sky" a few years ago.
The event is also part of NASA Dryden's continuing third-Saturday-of-the-month public event at the Exploration Gallery, featuring a different speaker or demonstration of aerospace-related topics.
NASA Dryden operates the Aerospace Exploration Gallery in cooperation with the AERO Institute and the City of Palmdale. The gallery is located at the Palmdale Institute of Technology, 38256 Sierra Highway, near city hall in the Palmdale Civic Center. It is open free to the public Tuesdays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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