Retired astronaut Story Musgrave speaking at Longway Planetarium

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FLINT (WJRT) (9/28/2017) - Legendary NASA astronaut Story Musgrave will talk about his career Sunday during a lecture at Flint's Longway Planetarium.

As astronaut for more than 30 years, Musgrave flew on six space shuttle flights. He performed the first spacewalk aboard Challenger and was the lead spacewalker aboard a repair mission to the Hubble Telescope.

Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, Mass., and grew up as a farm boy riding combines at 5, driving when he was 10 and repairing mechanized equipment when he was a teenager.

Musgrave served in the Korean War with the U.S. Marines as an aircraft electrician and engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 55 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft.

Musgrave holds seven graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, literature and psychology. He has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates.

In retirement, Musgrave operates a palm farm in Orlando, Fla., a production company in Sydney, Australia, and a sculpture company in Burbank, Calif.

He is also a landscape architect, a concept artist with Walt Disney Imagineering, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc. and a professor of design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif.

Sunday's lecture is scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m. at Longway Planetarium. Tickets are $5 for general public and $3 for Sloan and Longway members. Tickets can be purchased online at

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