Local Astronaut Gives Logo Patch to The Museum of Flight Sept. 23
SEATTLE, Aug. 28, 2009
--In May 2009, astronaut and Seattle-native Gregory C. Johnson brought a Museum of Flight logo patch with him on Space Shuttle mission STS-125 to the Hubble Space Telescope. The patch will become a part of the Museum's space collection when Johnson returns it during a public presentation on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Johnson will also talk about the mission that extended the life of Hubble for another 5 to 10 years. The presentation is in the William M. Allen Theater, admission is $10 general public, and $5 for Museum members.
Navy Reserve Capt. Gregory C. Johnson piloted the space shuttle Atlantis during its 11-day mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. During the mission, astronauts repaired and upgraded the Hubble Space Telescope, conducting five spacewalks during their mission to extend the life of the orbiting observatory. Johnson graduated from West Seattle High School in 1972 and earned his bachelor of science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Washington in 1977.
The patch will eventually be on display in the Museum's Space: Exploring the New Frontier exhibit. The Museum's has many other space flight artifacts including the Resurs 500, an unmanned spacecraft from Russia which contained cultural gifts, commercial products and messages of goodwill from Russian President Boris Yeltsin and other European leaders; flight suits worn by astronauts Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, Edward Gibson and space tourist Charles Simonyi; and artifacts from astronaut Pete Conrad trips during the Gemini and Apollo programs.
### The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 (on Boeing Field between downtown Seattle and SeaTac Airport.) The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $14 for adults, $13 for seniors 65 and older, $10 for active military, $7.50 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit www.museumofflight.org.