Astronauts to speak at leadership conference on Friday at Rocky

2013-03-18T11:32:00Z 2013-03-19T14:49:00Z Astronauts to speak at leadership conference on Friday at RockyBy MARY PICKETT The Billings Gazette

Four former astronauts will speak during a leadership conference at Rocky Mountain College on Friday.

Walter Cunningham, Gerald Carr, Harrison "Jack" Schmitt and Loren Acton will participate in a public panel discussion at 4 p.m. in the Fortin Center.

At 11 a.m., the men will be part of discussion with students and faculty.

Acton, a Lewistown native and graduate of Billings Senior High School, flew on STS-51F/Spacelab-2 Challenger in 1985.

He received his bachelor’s degree from Montana State University Bozeman, his doctorate from the University of Colorado and spent most of his career as a solar physicist. Acton played a key role in forming the Space Science and Engineering Laboratory at MSU in Bozeman, where he lives.

Cunningham was on the crew of Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo space flight and the first manned launch of a Saturn 1B.

Carr was the commander of Skylab 4, the third and final manned visit to the Skylab Orbital Workshop.

Schmitt was the lunar module pilot on Apollo 17, the last flight to the moon.

The event is sponsored by the Judith K. Jurist Memorial Education Fund and the Montana Space Grant Consortium’s EPSCoR. It was organized by John M. Jurist, an adjunct professor of Biophysics and Aviation at RMC.


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