Astronaut Kathy Sullivan in conversation with COSI CEO Frederic Bertley

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 7:00pm
Bexley Public Library
2411 East Main Street
Bexley, OH 43209

Join Kathryn Sullivan, the first female astronaut to do a space walk, as she discusses her debut memoir Handprints on Hubble: An Astronaut’s Story of Invention with scientist and scholar Dr. Frederic Bertley, CEO of the Center of Science and Industry. Sullivan will recount her experience as part of the team that launched, rescued, repaired, and maintained the Hubble Space Telescope and the incredible impact it had on her life and on NASA's program. 
Bexley Public Library and COSI, Center of Science and Industry, are Gramercy’s Community Partners for this program.

The Hubble Space Telescope has revolutionized our understanding of the universe. It has, among many other achievements, revealed thousands of galaxies in what seemed to be empty patches of sky; transformed our knowledge of black holes; found dwarf planets with moons orbiting other stars; and measured precisely how fast the universe is expanding. In Handprints on Hubble, Sullivan describes her work on the NASA team that made all of this possible.

Along the way, Sullivan chronicles her early life as a "Sputnik Baby," her path to NASA through oceanography, and her initiation into the space program as one of "thirty-five new guys." (She was also one of the first six women to join NASA's storied astronaut corps.) She describes in vivid detail what liftoff feels like inside a spacecraft (it's like "being in an earthquake and a fighter jet at the same time"), shows us the view from a spacewalk, and recounts the temporary grounding of the shuttle program after the Challenger disaster.

Dr. Frederic Bertley is a scientist, scholar, and evangelist for innovating thinking, ideation and challenge of the status quo. As President and CEO of COSI, he is shepherding the Central Ohio Science Center to its next great iteration in a legacy of successful science center history. After earning his PhD in Immunology from McGill University, Bertley worked internationally in preventive medicine and on collaborative projects in education and science. Prior to his Columbus arrival, he led a diverse array of programming initiatives at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia.