Sept. 27, 2012 3:16 p.m.

To LCCC, beyond

Former astronaut to inspire students

A former astronaut will speak about business and private space travel at Laramie County Community College Thursday, Oct. 25.

U.S. Navy Capt. Jeffrey Ashby will speak as part of the Union Pacific Business and Industry Series funded through the LCCC Foundation. He will speak at 7 p.m. in the Center for Conferences and Institutes, Rooms 129-130.

Dick Hartman, director of public affairs for Union Pacific in Wyoming and Colorado, recommended Ashby after he had the chance to hear Ashby speak at a conference.

Ashby earned a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Idaho as well as a degree in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee. According to a short biography, “Ashby spent 18 years as a Naval Aviator, accumulating over 8,000 flight hours, 1,000 carrier landings, and 65 combat missions.”

After his military career ended, Ashby spent 13 years as an astronaut and senior executive for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). His biography said: “He completed three space shuttle missions including the deployment of the Chandra X-ray telescope and two flights to assemble the International Space Station. His final NASA tour was Senior NASA liaison to Air Force Space Command.”

Lisa Tremble, LCCC Foundation director of alumni affairs and event planning, said, “Ashby will be talking about being your own astronaut along with the business side of private space travel since NASA no longer goes into space.”

In addition, attendees will learn how to develop a business and how to prepare for space travel. Ashby’s speech is free to the public.

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