NASA Astronaut to Speak at Willamette

Dr. George "Pinky" Nelson, astronaut and NASA Mission specialist, will speak at Willamette University on Wednesday, June 20 at 7 p.m. in the Mary Stuart Rogers Music Center.

Nelson's lecture, "So what's it like in space anyway? An insider's take on space flight," is free and open to the public. Nelson was a NASA astronaut from 1978 to 1989. During that time, he logged more than 400 hours of space time during three Space Shuttle missions.

Nelson is now director of Project 2061 of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The goal of this project is to improve the teaching of science in the public schools.

Nelson's lecture is sponsored by Willamette University and the Oregon Collaborative for Excellence in the Preparation of Teachers, a national science foundation project.