SEATTLE, Sept. 9, 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.