NASA Astronaut Winston Scott to Speak at Troy University

Posted: Monday, 30 October 2007

DOTHAN – An astronaut and a well-known science educator will be among the featured speakers at Aerospace Day 2007 at Troy University. Former NASA Mission Specialist Winston Scott will share tales about his twenty-four days in space, while Dr. Zoon (Scientist Bill Holden) will demonstrate hands-on science projects teachers can take back to their classrooms.

Sponsored by TROY’s Wiregrass Math & Science Consortium, Aerospace Day is designed to inspire teachers to ignite the imaginations of their students. The free event is scheduled for November 9 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Sony Hall on the Dothan Campus. Educators, space enthusiasts and members of the public are invited to attend.

Scott traveled to space in 1996 aboard Endeavour, and again the following year on Columbia. The retired Navy captain completed three spacewalks totaling more than nineteen hours, and recorded his experiences in the book, Reflections from Earth Orbit.

After retiring from NASA, Scott served as executive director of the Florida Space Authority at Cape Canaveral and was involved with the development of space-related initiatives in Florida pertaining to industry, economics and education. He is currently vice president and deputy general manager of Jacobs Engineering, a world leader in engineering contracting.

Dr. Zoon is well-known for his line of educational DVDs and project kits produced by the Pitsco Corporation. He has developed products ranging from the SunEzoon Car to the KaZoon Kite Kit.

The Wiregrass Math & Science Consortium is funded by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education through Troy University. For more information about Aerospace Day, contact Sandy Armstrong or Christina Johnson at 334-983-6556, ext. 1-371.