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Former NASA Astronaut Fred Gregory To Speak At Texas A&M Oct. 26

October 19, 2017

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By Peggy Samson, Texas A&M Public Partnership & Outreach

Former Space Shuttle Astronaut Fred Gregory will be at Texas A&M University on Oct. 26 to present “Reach for the Stars,” a first-hand account of his experiences with NASA and America’s Space Program. The event will be from 10-11:30 a.m. in Rudder Theatre Complex.

The program is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for admission and are available at the MSC Box Office at (979) 845-1234.

Gregory will present scholarships of up to $10,000 each on behalf of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation (ASF) to Texas A&M students Kendal Ezell ’18, majoring in Biomedical Engineering, and Brooke Versaw ’18, majoring in Chemistry. Funding for the scholarships is made possible by the ASF, The Wreyford Family Foundation and Texas A&M.

A U.S. Air Force Academy graduate, Gregory accumulated over 6,900 hours of flying time including 550 combat missions in Vietnam.  He is a veteran of three space shuttle missions on three shuttle vehicles that included Challenger STS-51B, where for seven days the Skylab-3 crew performed experiments on atmospheric physics and life sciences; Discovery STS-33 that carried payloads for the Department of Defense; and Atlantis STS-44, which deployed a Defense Support Program satellite and evaluated medical countermeasures for long-duration space flight.

He was NASA Deputy Administrator for several years before retirement and induction into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. His numerous honors include three NASA Space Flight Medals and the National Society of Black Engineers Distinguished National Scientist Award.

The program is a Community of Scholars event hosted by Texas A&M L.A.U.N.C.H., the home for academic scholarship Learning communities, Academic excellence, Undergraduate research, National fellowships, Capstones, and Honors programs (


Media contact: Peggy Samson in Public Partnership & Outreach, at (979) 845-6366 or

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