Retired NASA astronaut inspires guests with stories of saving the Hubble Space Telescope and his stunning experiences during 53 days in space.
Tampa, Florida – With images from his space missions towering on MOSI’s five-story-tall IMAX® screen, Story Musgrave shared the message that anyone, from any background, can achieve out-of-this-world dreams.
Musgrave came from an abusive home and dropped out of school before joining the U.S Marine Corps and dedicating himself to a life of education and leadership. He went on to become the only astronaut to fly on all five space shuttles, a leader on the first mission to repair the malfunctioning Hubble Space Telescope, and America’s most formally educated astronaut with six college degrees.
“We made a difference today,” Musgrave said after the event, calling it one of his best opportunities ever to share the excitement and importance of space exploration with the public.
Presenting sponsor Bay Area Manufacturers Association contributed funds to make Saturday’s “An Afternoon with an Astronaut” event possible. Musgrave spoke to more than 600 guests during two talks, each followed by the award-winning IMAX® film Hubble. Many guests took advantage of an additional opportunity to meet Musgrave one-on-one.
A second NASA legend will visit MOSI in just two weeks – Adriana Ocampo, MOSI’s 2016 National Hispanic Scientist of the Year.
Dr. Ocampo discovered the crater from the asteroid that likely wiped out the dinosaurs. She also serves as a leader on recent missions to Pluto and Jupiter, as well as NASA’s lead scientist for the planet Venus.
Limited tickets are still available for Dr. Ocampo’s talk, Cosmic Collisions and Dinosaurs, on Sunday, October 23 from 12:30-3:00 p.m. at MOSI. The $15 ticket ($10 for MOSI Members) also includes the IMAX® film Dinosaurs Alive! For tickets, visit mosi.org.
“Bringing two NASA legends to MOSI – almost back-to-back – is an amazing opportunity to inspire people to dream as big as they possibly can!” said MOSI President & CEO Molly Demeulenaere. “If you love space and science, MOSI is always the place to be in Tampa Bay.”
MOSI, the Museum of Science & Industry, is Tampa Bay’s community-supported science center. At MOSI, people of all ages (this means you!) can see and do amazing things every day. Experience an immersive film in the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre, see the stars in The Saunders Planetarium, have a blast in our Kids In Charge! children’s science center, witness tomorrow in 3D Printing the Future: The Exhibition, wonder at nature in our BioWorks Butterfly Garden, and defy gravity on our Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip Line. MOSI (we pronounce it MOH’-zee) is the largest science center in the Southeast, and a not-for-profit magnet for innovation in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education where we make a difference in people’s lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. For more information about MOSI, visit mosi.org.