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Dragons of the Space Shuttle Era Event

Drexel Honors Astronauts Chris Ferguson ’84 and Paul Richards ‘87

September 27, 2011

Space Shuttle AtlantisDrexel Engineering hosted two astronaut alumni, Chris Ferguson ’84, Hon. ’09 and Paul Richards ’87 for a panel discussion and Q & A session October 26 which honored their accomplishments in space history as NASA marked the end of the final space shuttle mission, Atlantis. The panel was moderated by Terry Ruggles of NBC-10 in the Mitchell Auditorium at the Bossone Research Center from 11:00 a.m. to noon.

Captain Ferguson, a graduate of Drexel Engineering in mechanical engineering and mechanics, served as the commander of the final space shuttle mission Atlantis, on mission STS-135, which concluded on July 21, 2011. Before the final space shuttle mission, Capt. Ferguson was commander of Endeavor on mission STS-126 in 2008 and he piloted Atlantis on mission STS-115 in 2006. He also served as lead spacecraft communicator for mission STS-118 by Endeavor in 2007.

Mr. Richards is a graduate of Drexel Engineering in mechanical engineering and mechanics and served on the crew of mission STS-102 aboard Discovery in 2001, the eighth mission to visit the International Space Station.

Following the panel and the Q&A session, Drexel Engineering hosted an interactive student showcase with a luncheon that began at noon in the Bossone Research Center. The events were free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Brachelli