Admiral Truly has a long and distinguished career in aerospace and in manned space flight. He began his career as a Navy test pilot and in 1965 became an astronaut, first in the Air Force's Manned Orbiting Laboratory program and later in NASA's Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz, and Space Shuttle programs. He was one of the first pilots to fly the Space Shuttle. After retiring from the astronaut corps in 1983, he was appointed the first commander of the Naval Space Command. In 1986 he was called back to NASA to lead the investigation of the Challenger accident and to help rebuild the Space Shuttle program. He left government service in 1992 following three years as the NASA Administrator and is currently Vice President of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
In this lecture, Admiral Truly will share his experience with the Space Shuttle program, from design concept to first flight through rebuilding the program after the Challenger accident.
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