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NASA Astronaut and engineering professor Stephen Robinson’s undergraduate application was rejected by UC Davis. But proving that you really never know what the future holds or how things will turn out, some 40 years later, he was invited by UC Davis to join its engineering faculty as a tenured professor.
It’s not hard to wonder why the change of heart. A Sacramento native, Robinson is a 36-year veteran of NASA. He flew four space shuttle missions, oversaw Sen. John Glenn’s research during his shuttle mission, knows enough Russian to be certified as a “Cosmonaut” and, following the tragedy involving the space shuttle Columbia, undertook an unplanned repair of the space shuttle Discovery’s heat shield.
This Tuesday, Feb. 19, Robinson speaks in his first public lecture since leaving NASA, sharing stories and photos. “This Side of Impossible—Achieving the Dream of Spaceflight” takes place at Three Stages in Folsom and starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $19 to $39. Students with ID get in for $12.
What: Astronaut Stephen Robinson To Speak
When: Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m.
Where: Three Stages at Folsom Lake College, 10 College Parkway, Folsom
Cost: $19 to $39; $12 for students