Conversation with Astronauts
Join former astronauts Jerry Linenger and Greg Johnson on the stage who will discuss their military and space exploration experience as we celebrate the 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 first lunar landing. This conversation will include a question and answer session. We look forward to having this unique opportunity to converse with two US astronauts.
About Jerry Linenger
Jerry Linenger (Capt, USN, Ret.) is a medical doctor and former naval flight surgeon. He served as a faculty member at UCSD, San Diego School of Medicine, and ultimately was selected as a U.S. astronaut in 1992. He flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-64 in September 1994. In January 1995 he began training at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, in preparation for a long-duration stay aboard the Russian Space Station Mir. After two years of challenging training covering all Mir space station systems, simulator training, Soyuz launch/return vehicle operations, and spacewalk training, Linenger launched aboard U.S. Space Shuttle Atlantis (STS-81) in January 1997, and remained on board the space station with two Russian cosmonauts for over 132 days, and returned on a different mission of Atlantis (STS-84) in May, 1997. During his stay aboard Space Station Mir, Linenger became the first American to conduct a spacewalk from a foreign space station and in a non-American made spacesuit. Retiring to Northern Michigan in the late 1990s, Jerry is a guest lecturer, author, public speaker, and advocate for sustainability of our planet and its water sources.
About Greg Johnson
Gregory H. Johnson (Col, USAF, Ret.) is a former air force officer and pilot, aerospace engineer, fighter/test pilot, MBA and NASA astronaut. He is currently Executive Director of Newton’s Road (a local nonprofit organization that connects STEM opportunities to youth in the Traverse Bay Area) and Managing Director of the Traverse City Space Accelerator, a division of Boomerang Catapult, LLC. He also serves on multiple boards in the non-profit and space sectors and is a consultant for innovation and STEM education in several networks including the Boy Scouts of America. While in the Air Force, Johnson flew numerous aircraft including the F-15E in combat operations. In NASA, Johnson was the pilot aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour on the STS-123 and STS-134 missions. After leaving NASA in 2013, Johnson served as Executive Director for the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, a non-profit that managed the ISS National Laboratory, complementing NASA’s traditional projects to facilitate non-traditional innovation, commercial research, technology demo, and STEM education.