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Saturday, October 13 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Recovering the Columbia Space Shuttle

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Michael D. Leinbach and Jonathan H. Ward take a powerful look at a shared national disaster and its legacy. Leinbach was the launch director of the space shuttle program when Columbia disintegrated on re-entry before the nation’s eyes on February 1, 2003, and Ward is the Solar System Ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Bringing Columbia Home: The Untold Story of a Lost Space Shuttle and Her Crew is the definitive inside story of the Columbia disaster and recovery, and the inspiring message it ultimately holds. In the aftermath of tragedy, people and communities came together to help bring home the remains of the crew and nearly forty percent of the shuttle, an effort that was instrumental in piecing together what happened so the shuttle program could return to flight and complete the International Space Station. 

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Michael D. Leinbach

Michael D. Leinbach was the last launch director in the space shuttle program at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, responsible for overall shuttle launch countdown activities until the end of the program in 2011. In November 2004, Leinbach was awarded the prestigious Presidential... Read More →
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Jonathan H. Ward

Jonathan H. Ward works to bring the thrill of the space program to life for the general public as a Solar System Ambassador for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and as a frequent speaker on space exploration topics to interest groups and at regional conferences. Ward’s previous two... Read More →

Saturday October 13, 2018 10:30am - 11:30am
Merten Hall, Room 1201 4441 George Mason Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22030