HOUSTON -- NASA astronaut Chris Ferguson will return to his hometown on Nov. 7 to serve as the Philadelphia Eagles' Honorary Captain during the NFL's "Monday Night Football" game. The Eagles are hosting the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, beginning at 8:30 p.m. EDT.
Ferguson will be recognized on the field for his dedication to America's space program and his leadership commanding the final flight of space shuttle Atlantis. The 13-day mission marked the end of the shuttle program's 30-year legacy with Atlantis' touchdown on July 21, 2011.
Ferguson, who joined the astronaut corps in August 1998, is visiting Philadelphia to spread NASA's message about the importance of space research and exploration. Before the game, Ferguson will visit the Please Touch Museum from 1 to 2:30 p.m. While at the children's museum he will participate in story time and sign autographs.
To schedule an interview or for more information about Ferguson's appearances in Philadelphia, contact Tammie Letroise-Brown at 281-483-4942 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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