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Ohio Astronauts Celebrate NASA's 50th

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Published on Feb 27, 2009

19 Ohio astronauts appeared in Cleveland August 29, 2008 to celebrate NASA's 50th anniversary. John Glenn, the first American to orbit Earth, Neil Armstrong, the first person to walk on the moon, Jim Lovell, veteran of two Apollo missions, and Kathryn Sullivan, the first woman to walk in space joined 15 other astronauts from Ohio.

The Ohio aerospace community hosted the event to celebrate 50 years of NASA innovation, inspiration, and discovery, the achievements of NASA's Glenn Research Center, and to salute Ohio's astronauts.

Glenn, a former Ohio senator, was the honorary chairman of the event and veteran NBC News Space Correspondent Jay Barbree, the only journalist to cover every manned space launch in the United States, was the keynote speaker.

Barbree moderated "A Conversation with the Astronauts," during which the 19 astronauts in attendance reminisced about their spaceflight experiences. These are the highlights of the conversation.

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