April 24 - May 2, 2020

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Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival Speakers Event

Meet Astronaut Dr. Don thomas

April 29, 2019 

6:00pm - 8:00PM Rancho High School Performing Arts Center

1900 Searles Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89101

“The Day a Woodpecker Attacked the Space Shuttle”

In June of 1995 the crew of the STS-70 mission aboard Space Shuttle Discovery was finishing their final day of training before their launch, only seven days away.  Everything was looking good for the mission until it was discovered that a single woodpecker had tried to make a nest in the big fuel tank of the space shuttle creating 205 holes in the process.  During the presentation NASA astronaut Don Thomas will discuss why the woodpecker did such a thing, what NASA did to prevent future attacks, and what the astronauts accomplished on this flight, one of the more unusual missions of the Space Shuttle Program.