Sky's Up Summer 2016 - Page 16

1 10?s 2 3 4 In this recurring feature, Sky’s Up gives students the opportunity to ask 10 Questions to leading astronomers, space explorers, scientists and cosmologists. ooo The questions for this installment were submitted by 5th grade students at Central Riverside Elementary School in Jacksonville, Fla. COURTESY OF NASA A true explorer: NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave 16 53 days, 9 hours, 59 minutes — That is the amount of time NASA Astronaut Story Musgrave has spent in orbit, but it is not where his adventures in exploration began. “I am a farm kid, raised in nature, the fields, forests, rivers and the sky,” he said. “I was an explorer at age three, then 25 years later the space program happened.” During his 30-year tenure at NASA, he flew on six spaceflights. Over the course of these missions, he performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger’s first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified Department of Defense missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia. His Earth-bound NASA highlights include serving as the communicator in Mission Control for 25 missions, working on the development of the Skylab program and participating in the design of all Space Shuttle extravehicular activity equipment. In this installment of Sky’s Up’s “10 Questions feature, Musgrave talks about his experiences in space exploration. Sky’s