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September 22, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Campbell County Public Library
2101 S. 4-J Road
Gillette, WY 82718
Astronaut Mike Mulland to speak at CCPL
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Meet the Astronaut at CCPL

Friday, September 22, 2017

Astronaut Mike Mullane presents The Lighter Side of Space Flight

Campbell County Public Library (CCPL) is pleased to welcome astronaut Mike Mullane to speak at CCPL on Friday, September 22 at 6pm.

In his program, The Lighter Side of Spaceflight, Mullane will take the audience on a uniquely revealing, captivating and hilarious space journey. Using spectacular video and slides, he will answer everybody’s space questions: What does a shuttle launch feel like?...How does an astronaut deal with the incredible fear of launch?...How do you sleep, bathe, eat, drink, etc.?....What do you see from space?...And, of course, he will answer the top two questions that astronauts are ever asked:
Number 1: How does the space toilet work?
Number 2: Has he seen any UFOs or aliens?

The audience will not only be thoroughly entertained by The Lighter Side of Spaceflight but will also find Mullane’s message on goal setting and achievement to be powerfully inspirational. Most audiences are shocked to learn how ordinary Mullane was growing up. People often assume because he was an astronaut, that in his youth he was a super child, destined for great success. That is not the case. He wasn’t a child genius. He wasn’t a high school sports star. He didn’t date the homecoming queen. He wasn’t popular. Yet, Mullane realized a lifetime dream of becoming an astronaut. “Success isn’t a final destination,” says Mullane. “It’s a continuous life journey of mapping our performance envelopes through challenge and tenacity.”

Mullane graduated from West Point in 1967, was commissioned in the United States Air Force and completed 134 combat missions in Vietnam. He was selected as a Mission Specialist in 1978 in the first group of space shuttle astronauts. He completed three space missions aboard the shuttles Discovery and Atlantis before retiring from NASA and the Air Force in 1990.

Since his retirement from NASA, Colonel Mullane has written an award-winning children’s book, Liftoff! An Astronaut’s Dream, and a popular space-fact book, Do Your Ears Pop In Space? His memoir, Riding Rockets: The Outrageous Tales of a Space Shuttle Astronaut, was reviewed in the New York Times and on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. It was also featured on Barnes and Noble’s 2010 recommended summer reading list.

This program is paid for thanks to grants from Northern Production, the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services and Campbell County Community Public Recreation District.