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Join the Johnson City Library on Tuesday November 28th at 4:00 pm to welcome retired Space Shuttle Instructor Steve Hamm to talk about his over 30 year career training astronauts.  Mr. Hamm has a Masters’ Degree in physics and taught the astronauts to use the computers on board the shuttles.  “If they can’t use the computers, they can’t fly the machine,” he explained.  In fact, Mr. Hamm grounded three shuttle launches because everything wasn’t working.  Once, the computers were writing one space to the right.  This turned out to be one of the problems that caused a launch delay.  “It took several hours to find the problem, but by then the optimal time to launch had passed.  The problem was the astronauts couldn’t read the full display!”  Mr. Hamm worked at the Johnson Space Center Houston. “At the Kennedy Space Center, the astronauts were treated like celebrities, but Houston was a little different.  Probably because they lived there, things were more down to earth.”  His office was just to the side of the Mission Control room where he could see and hear everything that was going on both in the control room and on the mission. 

 Hamm has 100’s of space stories and is a fascinating speaker.  The program is free and suitable for all ages.  So, treat yourself to being this close to history and the exploration of space. 

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