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Prof. Hart revisits space exploration with local science center

Lehigh Valley's very own astronaut, Lt. Col. Terry Hart, was on hand at the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown on July 20, 2014, to help with the Center’s celebration of the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing. Dr. Terry Hart ‘68, an alumnus and current professor of mechanical engineering at Lehigh, spoke about the history of modern flight and space exploration that led to the first lunar landing by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, and his own adventures as an astronaut in the Space Shuttle program.

During his presentation, Dr. Hart displayed the first image of Earth taken from space on Christmas Eve 1968.

"It changed the way we think about the planet," he said. "You can see we're just this little blue ball floating through space…We all have to live on it, and we all have to get along. One of the important challenges for young people today is to learn how to take care of the planet."

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Lehigh professor and former NASA astronaut Lt. Col. Terry Hart at the Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the first lunar landing. (Photo courtesy of Michael Kubel, The Morning Call)