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April 11, 2000

Doug Peterson
Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX
(281) 244-8406

Release: J00-24

Astronaut Rick Husband Returns To Panhandle For Honors And Presentations

Space Shuttle pilot Rick Husband returns to Lubbock, Bushland, and Amarillo on April 11 and 12 to relate the story of his first mission to space and to be honored as an alumnus of Amarillo High School.

On Tuesday April 11 at 10:00 a.m., Husband will visit Amarillo High School for a ceremony inducting him into the school’s Sandie Hall of Fame. A reception will begin shortly after the ceremony with a brief presentation about Husband’s STS-96 mission. The media contact at the school is Lori Cezon at 806-354-4200. The school is located at 4225 Danbury in Amarillo.

Later Tuesday, Husband will visit Bushland Middle School at 1 Blackhawk Drive in Bushland at 1:45 p.m. to make several presentations to Bushland students.

At 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, he will visit Texas Tech to present items he took into space on his 1999 mission to the University. The event will be at the Matador Room at the Texas Tech University Center. The contact is Ms. Cindy Rugeley at (806) 742-2136.

The ten day STS-96 mission was the first to dock with the International Space Station. The mission was accomplished in 153 Earth orbits, traveling 4 million miles in 9 days, 19 hours and 13 minutes.

Husband joined NASA and began his astronaut training in March 1995. In addition to astronaut training, he has worked on advanced projects, Space Shuttle upgrades, and studies to return to the Moon and travel to Mars. After graduating from Texas Tech in 1980, he began his Air Force career where he logged over 3800 hours of flight time as a pilot and test pilot in more than 40 different types of aircraft.

Currently, Rick Husband serves as Chief of the Safety Office in the Astronaut Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center.

Astronaut Husband will do print or electronic media interviews before or after the events depending on schedule constraints.


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