Live Challenger Center Webcast with Former NASA Deputy Administrator and Astronaut Frederick Gregory

Press Release From: Challenger Center for Space Science Education
Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2011

image ALEXANDRIA, VA - Join Challenger Center for Space Science Education on Thursday November 10th, 2011 at 1:00pm (Eastern Time) for a live interactive webcast with former NASA astronaut Frederick Gregory. The interview is part of an exciting series of interactive webcasts celebrating the 25th anniversary of Challenger Center's educational programs. Each month during the 25th anniversary year, Challenger Center will feature an astronaut, as the guest of a live webcast, with an opportunity for the public to ask questions. Colonel (USAF, Ret.) Frederick Gregory will discuss his experiences as a Shuttle astronaut and answer questions during the live webcast. No registration is required and the webcast is free. To join the webcast, visit

You may submit questions at: or by email to, or use the instant message feature during the live webcast. Adobe Flash Player is required to participate and view the webcast. A new web environment will open on your computer with a chat interface to ask questions.

November Featured Astronaut Background:

Colonel (USAF, Ret.) Frederick Gregory attended the United States Naval Test Pilot School, graduating in 1971, and was an operational test pilot - flying fighter planes and helicopters. He served as a research test pilot at NASA's Langley Research Center, Virginia and until selected for the Astronaut Program in 1978. Gregory has logged more than 6,976 hours flying time in over 50 types of aircraft -- including 550 combat missions in Vietnam. He was selected as an astronaut in 1978. As veteran of three Shuttle missions, Colonel Gregory has logged over 455 hours in space. Colonel Gregory served as pilot on STS-51B, and was the Commander on STS-33, and STS-44. Colonel Gregory served at NASA Headquarters as Associate Administrator for the Office of Safety and Mission Assurance (1992-2001), Associate Administrator for the Office of Space Flight (2001-2002), and NASA Deputy Administrator (2002-2005).

About Challenger Center for Space Science Education

Using space exploration as a theme and simulations as a vehicle, Challenger Center for Space Science Education and its international network of 48 Challenger Learning Centers create positive educational experiences that raise students' expectations of success, fosters a long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and inspires students to pursue studies and careers in these areas. Challenger Center's network of Challenger Learning Centers across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and South Korea reach more than 400,000 students each year through simulated space missions and educational programs, and engage over 40,000 educators through missions, teacher workshops and other programs. To learn more about Challenger Center for Space Science Education, visit

Challenger Center for Space Science Education
Steve Kussmann
300 N. Lee St., Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314

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