NASA Astronaut, Colonel, Jerry L. Ross for his book signing of "Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’S Record-Setting Frequent Flyer” at Valpo Barnes & Noble store Feb. 2

2013-01-21T12:55:00Z 2014-02-07T19:53:11Z NASA Astronaut, Colonel, Jerry L. Ross for his book signing of "Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’S Record-Setting Frequent Flyer” at Valpo Barnes & Noble store Feb. 2Contributed by Michele Gustin-Craig | Valpo Barnes and Noble Community Relations Manager

VALPARAISO | The Valparaiso Barnes & Noble store is so honored to have Colonel, Jerry Ross for a book signing on Saturday, February 2, from 5-8 p.m.

Colonel Ross was born in Crown Point and a graduate of Purdue University, he is a retired United States Air Force officer, and a former astronaut who retired from NASA in 2012.

From the age of ten, looking up at the stars, Jerry Ross knew that he wanted to journey into space. This autobiography tells the story of how he came not only to achieve that goal, but to become the most-launched astronaut in history, as well as a NASA veteran whose career spanned the entire U.S. Space Shuttle program. From his childhood in rural Indiana, through education at Purdue University, and a career in the U.S. Air Force, Ross charted a path to NASA after overcoming many setbacks-from failing to qualify for Air Force pilot training because of “bad” eyesight, to an initial failure to be selected into the astronaut program. The majority of the book is an insider’s account of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, including the unforgettable experience of launch, the delights of weightless living, and the challenges of constructing the International Space Station. Ross is a uniquely qualified narrator.

During seven spaceflights, he spent 1,393 hours in space, including 58 hours and 18 minutes on nine space walks. Life on the ground is also described, including the devastating experiences of the Challenger and Columbia disasters.

For readers who have followed the space program from Mercury through the International Space Station and wonder what comes next, this book provides fascination; for young people interested in space exploration and reaching for their dreams, whatever they might be, this book provides inspiration. Full of stories of spaceflight that few humans have ever experienced, told with humor and honesty, Spacewalker presents a unique perspective on the hard work, determination, and faith necessary to travel beyond this world.

Key Points:

  • An insider’s account of the U.S. Space Shuttle program, from before its first launch through the final landing, and the building of the International Space Station.
  • A firsthand account of life in space from the first human to fly seven missions.
  • An inspirational story of a personal journey from rural Indiana to outer space, powered by a deep Christian faith.

Saturday, February 2, from 9am-11pm. Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana will be hosting a Bookfair.

Barnes & Noble will contribute a percentage of every sale made with a special Bookfair voucher to Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana or by mentioning the Center at time of check out.

The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to continuing the education mission of Teacher In Space, Christa McAuliffe, and the crew of Space Shuttle 51-L who perished in 1986. The Challenger Learning Center of NWI offers dynamic, hands-on exploration and discovery opportunities to educators, school groups, businesses and communities located in Indiana, Chicagoland, Illinois and Michigan. These programs equip students with the knowledge, confidence, and skills that will help better our national social and economic well-being.

The Challenger Learning Center of Northwest Indiana has proven teaching models that give participants the chance to become astronauts, scientists and engineers and solve real-world problems as they share the thrill of discovery on missions, in science lab activities, Sky Voyages, e-Missions, and programs for students ranging from preschool to high school. Using space simulation and role-playing strategies, students bring their classroom studies to life and cultivate the skills needed for future success.

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