Astronauts headline Bird Aviation Museum fundraiser | Events
The Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center is hosting their very first fundraisng event and they have some very special guests lined up. Three astronauts who currently live in Idaho will be sharing their space experiences during a four course dinner on Saturday, August 17th.
“All of them have lived in space and will talking about their experiences,” says Museum Director Rachel Schwam. One of the astronauts, Dr. John L. Phillips, lives in Sandpoint and volunteers at the museum. It was through Phillips that the museum was able to bring his colleagues in for the event.
Each astronaut will present on a different aspect of life in space during the dinner. Phillips will speak about living in space, he has flown into space three separate times and served as a flight engineer on three different types of spacecraft.
Barbara Morgan, who now lives in Boise, will be speaking on the topic of robotics in space. Morgan worked on the International Space Station construction mission in 2007 as a robotic arm master and loadmaster. While in space, she taught lessons to kids back on earth.
John Herrington has spent over 330 hours in space and has gone on three spacewalks totaling 20 hours. Given his experience, he will be presenting about walking in space. Before he retired in 2005, Herrington served as a Capsule Communicator and as a spacewalk specialist.
“We're excited,” says Schwam. “I'm excited to learn about the history and importance of NASA and what they can bring back from space and how it influences our lives.”
The Bird Museum opened in 2007 and is free to the public. The majority of the funding comes from Dr. Forrest Bird and Dr. Pamela Riddle Bird. The funds raised from the “Out of this World” dinner will be used for the preservation of museum artifacts and to fund children's programs.
Schwam says they have seen a great response from the community about the event and that people from all over the region have purchased tickets to the dinner. Tickets for the August 17th dinner are $150 per person and $250 per couple. For more information visit the Bird Aviation Museum and Invention Center website.