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Challenger Center Webcast Features Astronaut William Readdy

By SpaceRef Editor
April 11, 2011
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Challenger Center Webcast Features Astronaut William Readdy

Join Challenger Center for Space Science Education on Tuesday, April 26th, 2011, 1:00pm (Eastern Time), for a live interactive webcast with former NASA astronaut and Associate Administrator, William F. Readdy. You may access the webcast at The link to join will appear at 12:50pm EDT.

This event is part of an exciting series of Challenger Center interactive webcasts, celebrating the Center’s 25th anniversary. Each month, Challenger Center will feature an astronaut as guest of a live webcast, with an opportunity for the public to ask questions. Mr. Readdy will answer questions during the live webcast.

You may submit questions via the online form at, email to, or use the instant message feature during the live webcast. No registration is required and the webcast is free. Adobe Flash Player is required to participate and view the webcast. A new web environment will open on your computer with zoomable windows and a chat interface to answer questions.

Mr. Readdy joined NASA’s Johnson Space Center in 1986 as a research pilot where he served as program manager for the highly-modified Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. Mr. Readdy received the call to be an astronaut for the 1987 Group. He is a veteran of three space flights, STS-42 (1992), STS-51 (1993) and STS-79 (1996). His numerous support roles included: Training Officer; Safety Officer; Operations Development Branch Chief; NASA Director of Operations, Star City, Russia; and served as first manager of Space Shuttle Program Development charged with upgrading the Space Shuttle. Mr. Readdy served at NASA Headquarters as Associate Administrator, Space Operations Mission Directorate with oversight for the Kennedy, Johnson, Marshall and Stennis Space Centers as well as programmatic oversight for International Space Station, Space Shuttle, Space Communications and Space Launch Vehicles. He chaired the Space Flight Leadership Council charged with oversight of NASA’s successful Space Shuttle Return to Flight STS-114 mission. Mr. Readdy retired from NASA in 2005 and formed Discovery Partners International, an aerospace consulting firm and is a member of the board for the Challenger Center for Space Science Education.

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
Angie Tenne
300 N. Lee St., Suite 301
Alexandria, VA 22314

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