Michael López-Alegría served on
three Space Shuttle missions and commanded an International
Space Station (ISS) mission for the United States
which, at the time, was the longest spaceflight in American history. He is the
American record holder for performing ten spacewalks. A graduate of the United
States Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and The Kennedy School of
Government at Harvard University; he is a retired Navy Captain.
Join us as Captain
López-Alegría intrigues with a look behind the scenes of human spaceflight.
The presentation will illuminate the daring—and deadly—competition between The
United States and USSR to dominate outer space. The stunning launch of Sputnik
in October, 1957 also launched decades of fierce technological competition
between the two nations.
Today, the most audacious
engineering achievement ever attempted by humans, the International Space
Station could only be achieved when the two nations joined together in
collaboration. A Veteran of three space shuttle missions and commander of a 270
day ISS mission, Captain López-Alegría will share personal stories and
photographs and will explore the future of suborbital, orbital and extraorbital
Introducing the speaker will be Andy
McCawley, President and CEO of New England Center and Home for Veterans, a Naval Academy and Naval Test Pilot School classmate of Captain López-Alegría's.
Andy's own service career included command of a Navy fighter
squadron and two ships, including the aircraft carrier USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN.
Since joining NECHV in 2011, he has led the Center to end chronic Veteran
homelessness by providing a path to independent living.
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 6:00pm
Wellesley Country Club
300 Wellesley Avenue
Wellesley, MA 02481
6:00pm Light Refreshments and Cash Bar
6:30pm Speaking Program
Pre-registration is required. Call 617-371-1704 or register online.
Dress code and club rules apply. No cell phone use allowed in clubhouse.