Our sneak peek pre-opening in the morning of February 14th with retired astronaut Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper helped all of us to better understand the usage and types of science experiments that occur daily in the Destiny Lab on the International Space Station.
On February 15, Board President and retired astronaut Nicholas Patrick was host for our public opening.
The new Destiny exhibit at the Future of Flight is creating big interest from area media.
KING 5's highly rated nightly magazine Evening was hosted from the Gallery. Host Saint Bryan opened with, "There's a new reason to check out the Future of Flight and Boeing Tour, a true to life mock up of the Destiny research module built by Boeing and used by researchers aboard the International Space Station." Evening is the longest running local magazine program in the country. Watch the segment here.
Saint walked through the module while interviewing former astronaut Captain Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper. Heide walked in space five times.
"One of the best things about being in space is being able to look out the windows and just look at the earth going by," Heide said. Those who walk the prototype will be able to see what the astronauts would have seen looking through the window.
Our own Board chair, former astronaut and mission specialist Nicholas Patrick, appeared live on set on KCPQ - Q13's Saturday morning news. Nicholas is a British-American engineer. He's logged more than 300 hours in space. Watch here.
Nicholas said that there were so many "wow" moments in being an astronaut that he couldn't count them all. I wanted to be an astronaut since I was five years old when I watched the Apollo landing," Nicholas said. "The advice I would give to children who want to be an astronaut is study hard."
The exhibit is on loan from the Museum of Flight and will be available for everyone to see for the next three years.
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