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NASA Astronaut & Professor of Engineering Practice at Texas A&M University
Dr. Nancy Currie-Gregg spent the vast portion of her military and government career supporting NASA’s human spaceflight programs and projects. Selected as an astronaut in 1990, she accrued 1000 hours in space as a mission specialist on four space shuttle missions–STS-57 in 1993; STS-70 in 1995; STS-88, the first International Space Station assembly mission, in 1998; and STS-109, the fourth Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission, in 2002. A Master Army Aviator and member of the Army Aviation Hall of Fame, she logged over 4,000 flying hours in a variety of rotary-wing and fixed-wing aircraft.
Science Consultant for The Big Bang Theory TV show & Professor of Physics and Astronomy at UCLA
Dr. Saltzberg was the science consultant for The Big Bang Theory since its pilot episode. He helped out by checking scripts and meeting with the producers, writers, set decorators, prop masters, etc. to ensure scientific accuracy. He subsequently consulted on a number of television programs, “Manhattan”, “The Leftovers”, “Scijinks”, and “The Watchmen”, and “Young Sheldon”. The asteroid “8628 Davidsaltzberg” is named after him.
This year’s events were sponsored by Halliburton, Col. Hal Schade ’67, The College of Science, The Department of Physics & Astronomy, and The George P. and Cynthia Woods Mitchell Institute. Previous supporters that made this event possible were the Texas A&M University System, Charles R. ’62 and Judith G. Munnerlyn, Susan Sheskey, Michele Mobley ’87, Ahmed Mahmoud ’87, The Willard and Anne Levin Foundation, Purna C. Murthy, CC Creations, Schlotzsky’s College Station, and Pepsi.
Texas A&M University invites audiences across Texas, the nation and even the world to get up-close and personal with our fun physics and astronomy outreach.