February 14, 2013
Dr. Stephen Robinson will do a special Q&A on Tuesday, February 19 at 4pm in Harris Center/Three Stages, Stage 3 (Scott-Skillman Recital Hall). This free event is open to FLC students, faculty, and staff (show your student/employee ID for admission).
In his tiny office at UC Davis, Professor Steve Robinson holds up two letters. One is a letter rejecting his application to come to UC Davis as an undergraduate. The other, dated nearly 40 years later, is an invitation from UC Davis for Robinson to join the engineering faculty as a tenured professor. "A career in NASA is like this," notes Robinson. "There is rejection, there is failure and, with some persistence, amazing things are accomplished."
In between the receipt of those two letters, the Sacramento-born Robinson-a 36-year veteran of the space program as scientist, engineer, pilot, and celebrated astronaut-has flown four space shuttle missions, logging 48 days and almost 20 million miles in space, served as Special Capsule Communicator for 15 years, oversaw Senator John Glenn's research during his famous shuttle mission, learned enough Russian to be certified as a Cosmonaut and-perhaps most dramatically- in the "Return to Flight" mission following the loss of space shuttle Columbia, undertook an unprecedented and unplanned repair of the space shuttle Discovery's heat shield, as the nation-indeed, the entire world-held its breath.
Dr. Robinson will be giving a Distinguished Speakers lecture, his first since leaving NASA, at Harris Center/Three Stages at 7pm that evening entitled "This Side of Impossible - Achieving the Dream of Spaceflight." Tickets are $19-39 ($12 for students with ID) and are still available at: www.threestages.net or from the Ticket office at 916-608-6888.