Special Events

Skype with Astronaut Vance Brand

WHERE: The Space Station Museum
464 Ignacio Blvd. Novato, CA
Date/Time: Saturday March 4, 2017, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

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We have a rare opportunity to talk with former Astronaut Vance Brand via Skype! In this time of major changes in our space program, Mr. Brand can offer his experiences from serving NASA as pilot and commander in the space program at another time of great change when Apollo missions ended and the Space Shuttle program began.

This will also be a telescope viewing night. (Weather permitting)


Vance Brand is a former Marine Corps officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut. He served as Command Module Pilot for the first U.S.-Soviet joint spaceflight, Apollo-Soyuz Test Project in 1975, and as Commander of three Space Shuttle missions from 1982 - 1990. His flight experience includes 9,669 flying hours, which includes 8,089 hours in jets, 391 hours in helicopters, 746 hours in spacecraft, and checkout in more than 30 types of military aircraft.

He departed the Astronaut Office in 1992 to become Chief of Plans at the National Aerospace Plane (NASP) Joint Program Office at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio. In September 1994, he moved to California to become Assistant Chief of Flight Operations at the Dryden Flight Research Center, then Acting Chief Engineer, Deputy Director for Aerospace Projects and finally Acting Associate Center Director for Programs. Mr. Brand retired from NASA in January 2008.

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