Former NASA Astronaut and Purdue Alumnus to speak at Purdue Honors College

Event Date: November 2, 2021
Hosted By: Purdue Honors College Visiting Scholars
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Honors Hall
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School or Program: College of Engineering
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Former NASA astronaut and past CEO of United Space Alliance, Dick Covey, will be speaking as a part of the Purdue Honors College Visiting Scholars Series on November 2nd at 6pm in Honors Hall. With over 646 hours of logged space hours, Covey will share his experiences in space flight and discuss the future of space exploration in a post-pandemic world.

No stranger to West Lafayette, Covey earned a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Purdue University in 1969 after completing an undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy in astronautical engineering. Covey went on to serve with the U..S. Air Force as a fighter pilot and later joined the space program at NASA.

While with NASA, Covey served on four space shuttle missions. In 1985, he piloted the STS 51-1 Space Shuttle Discovery mission for satellite deployment and spacecraft repair. On his second mission in 1988, Covey piloted the STS-26 Space Shuttle Discovery mission which deployed the TDRS-C satellite and operated eleven secondary payloads. In 1990, Covey served as commander on the STS-38 Space Shuttle Atlantis classified mission for the Department of Defense. And for his final mission STS-61, he commanded the Space Shuttle Endeavour, which serviced and repaired the Hubble Space Telescope.

Included in Dick Covey’s presentation on November 2 will be the recognition of three Astronaut scholarships awarded by the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation. These awards are sponsored by Kathy and Dick Covey and the CoveyLove Legacy Fund, Jim Hays in honor of Purdue astronaut Gene Cernan and Marc and Sharon Hagle.

This year’s Astronaut scholarship recipients were announced earlier this semester and include Joseph Kirchhoff, John Putziger, and Abigale Sipes. These students participated in the annual Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Innovator's Gala in August and have received financial scholarship awards for the academic year 2021-22. More about the Astronaut Scholarship and this year’s recipients can be found on the National and International Scholarship Office website.

The public is invited to attend this live event in Honors Hall inside the Honors College and Residences North building. This event is part of the Honors College Visiting Scholars program which features engaging events with interdisciplinary scholars from a wide variety of fields.