Speaker: Astronaut Don Thomas | Kent State Trumbull | Kent State University

Speaker: Astronaut Don Thomas

In June 1995, the “All-Ohio” crew of the STS-70 mission aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery was finishing their final day of training before their launch, which was scheduled for the following week. Everything was looking good for the mission until it was discovered that a single woodpecker had tried to make a nest in the shuttle’s fuel tank, creating 205 holes in the process. 

Join former NASA astronaut and Cleveland native Don Thomas as he discusses why a woodpecker would do such a thing, what NASA did to prevent future attacks and what the Ohio astronauts accomplished on their flight as he presents "The Day a Woodpecker Attacked the Space Shuttle," on Thursday, Oct. 22 at 7p.m. in the Classroom Building auditorium (Room 102), on the campus of Kent State University at Trumbull.

At the conclusion of his presentation, which is free and open to the public, Thomas will be available to sign copies of his book, “Orbit of Discover – the All-Ohio Space Shuttle Mission,” which will be available for purchase.

For additional information on Thomas’ presentation, contact Rose Guerrieri at 330-675-8866.