Former NASA Astronaut Visits Grand Valley
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - The Museum of Western Colorado welcomed a very special guest on Thursday, Dr. Mary Cleave, a former astronaut with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
Cleave first flew into space on board a shuttle in the early 1990's.
Although she's been retired for many years, she said she enjoys sharing her stories in hopes to inspire future astronauts and engineers.
"I never expected to be an astronaut. When I was a little girl, women didn't do those kind of things, but if you study science and math you'd be amazed at what you can end up doing when you grow up and have a career. The possibilities are infinite, just like space," said Cleave.
Cleave showed the packed house at the Whitman Educational Center footage of her very first shuttle launch, which included shots of the crew trying to tackle the zero-gravity environment and footage of rockets shooting out satellites that eventually helped us understand more about climate change on Earth.