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Are We There Yet? Podcast

Astronaut Story Musgrave Talks Imagination And Ingenuity

Astronaut F. Story Musgrave gets assistance from astronaut Thomas D. Akers while suiting up for the final space walk on the eleven-day, Hubble Space Telescope (HST) servicing mission. Photo: NASA

There has only been one person who has flown on all five space shuttles. His name is Story Musgrave. He’s been to space six times.

Musgrave led the team that serviced the Hubble space telescope in orbit, fixing a flaw in the $1.5 billion observatory while it was more than 300 miles above Earth.

“I know how to fix stuff,” said Musgrave. “If you look at the path I took, it’s leading to Hubble. No one at the time had the skills or the imagination to create solutions to the problem.”

Story has a humble background coming up as a farm-boy who eventually dropped out of school. He joins the program to talk about his rise from farm-boy to rocket-man and why having an imagination is one of his best assets.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »