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Published on Jun 12, 2012
With the arrival of the space shuttle Discovery to Dulles Airport only days away, the teachers and students had a rare opportunity to interact with keynote speaker, Frank Culbertson Jr. Mr. Culbertson, currently a senior vice president for Orbital Sciences Corporation, is a former International Space Station commander, space shuttle commander and pilot, and NASA manager for the Phase I Shuttle-Mir Program. He spoke candidly about his experiences in space, as well as shared his aviation-based life philosophy—"Navigate. Aviate. Communicate." These words are critical when you fly any aircraft, but are equally applicable to your life, Culbertson told the group. He also recounted momentous events in his career including his NASA training, the technical details of lift-off, exercising in zero gravity, and how it felt to be the only American off of the planet during the 9/11 attacks.
More information about the Sixth Annual Science, Technology & Engineering Day held at GW's Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia can be found online at http://www.gwvirginia.gwu.edu/steday/.