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Mason ISD Welcomes Astronaut
Wednesday, June 15, 2011 • Posted June 15, 2011

The ACE program at Mason ISD will soon bring their summer of science to a close with a visit and presentation that is truly out of this world. Mason ISD will welcome Astronaut, Captain Jon McBride to the campus to share with us his experience as a Naval Aviator and NASA Astronaut as well as the science that propelled him to the final frontier.When the regular school year concluded, students had the opportunity through ACE to focus on math and science. Part of our purpose at ACE this summer was to introduce students to real life applications of the things that they study during the school year. Our projects have included dissecting a fish, keeping a scientific journal, and calculating weight distribution. We have also taken field trips to the Llano River at the Texas Tech campus in Junction to study aquatic biology and another trip to trace predatory patterns of native wildlife.Captain McBride is currently a member of the “Astronaut Encounter” group at the Kennedy Space Center’s Visitors’ Complex. The group provides informative briefings on a daily basis to KSC guests. Captain McBride also does limited consulting to business entities, and serves on several boards of directors and advisory groups. He was a Vietnam combat fighter pilot and a NASA astronaut who served as a pilot on Shuttle Mission STS 41-G and as CAPCOM for STS-5, STS-6 and STS-7. Capt. McBride is also the former NASA Assistant Administrator for Congressional Relations. He is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School, holds a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical engineering and is a member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots. He has logged nearly 9,000 flight hours and 197 hours in space. He also flew 86 combat missions in Vietnam and logged 550 carrier landings.We are looking forward to having Captain McBride come to Mason on Wednesday, June 22nd to spend time with us.

For more information about Captain McBride’s visit, please contact ACE coordinator, Cindy Powell at 325-347-1122 ext. 240.

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