Stories that will move you!

Preparing the SR-71 for Flight!

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Hear Dr. Lou share his exciting stories about High-Performance teamwork preparing the SR-71 for flight from secret global locations.  This aircraft still holds the record as the World’s Fastest Aircraft and for flying from Los Angeles, California, to Washington, D.C., distance 2,299.7 miles, average speed 2,144.8 miles per hour, and an elapsed time of 64 minutes 20 seconds.

Behind the Scenes of Armageddon

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Dr. Lou will share his exciting stories as a movie consultant on Armageddon. He discusses in great detail what it’s like to work behind the scenes with Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Steve Buscemi, Billy Bob Thornton, Owen Wilson, and Michael Clarke. Working directly with Michael Bay, Dr. Lou will discuss what it takes to engage actors to help pull off this blockbuster movie! 

Behind the Scenes of Space Cowboys

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Dr. Lou will share his exciting stories as a movie consultant on Space Cowboys. He discusses in great detail what it’s like to work behind the scenes with movie actors such as Jim Garner, William Devane, Donald Sutherland, and Tommy Lee Jones. Dr. Lou also recalls his preproduction planning meetings with Clint Eastwood to set up realistic training scenes while working at The Johnson Space Center.  

The Hubble Telescope

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Dr. Lou will share his behind the scene stories training the crew to perform space walks for the 5th and final mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. This mission added two new instruments to Hubble. The first instrument, the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph, is now the most sensitive ultraviolet spectrograph installed on the telescope. Its far-UV channel is 30 times more sensitive than previous instruments and the near-UV is twice as sensitive. The second instrument, the Wide Field Camera 3, is a panchromatic wide-field camera that can record a wide range of wavelengths, including infrared, visible, and ultraviolet light.

Columbia's Final Mission

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Dr. Lou will shares his behind the scene stories preparing the crew for spacewalks for STS-107. It was the 113th flight of the Space Shuttle program, and the final flight of Space Shuttle Columbia. The mission launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on January 16, 2003 and during its 15 days, 22 hours, 20 minutes, 32 seconds in orbit conducted a multitude of international scientific experiments. Dr. Lou discusses what it’s like to work with true heroes of our space program and where he was when he heard the news. 

STS-114 Return to Flight

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Dr. Lou will share his behind the scene stories preparing the crew of STS-114 for spacewalks. STS-114 was the first "Return to Flight" Space Shuttle mission following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster. STS-114 marked the return to flight of the Space Shuttle after the Columbia disaster and was the second Shuttle flight with a female commander (Eileen Collins, who also commanded the STS-93 mission).  Hear what it took to return to orbit and continue the legacy of Columbia’s crew while forging ahead to continue building the International Space Station! 

From the streets of philadelphia to the cockpit of the sr-71