POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 7:30pm
UPDATED: Monday, August 12, 2013 - 7:44pm
Longview, TX (Longvew News-Journal) — The newest professor at LeTourneau University has spent much of his career flying above the earth’s surface. He’s also been weightless in space.
After flying fighter jets in Vietnam and B-737 airplanes for Southwest Airlines, Byron Lichtenberg is no stranger to the air. But in 1983, he made history.
“NASA made a deal with the National Research Council many, many years ago to add another category of mission specialists called payload specialists,” Lichtenberg said Thursday. “These would be scientists from universities that had experiments on a mission and they would be selected by other scientists from the Principal Investigators Working Group.”
His experience from the Air Force and the successful completion of 138 combat missions as a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War impressed the group, Lichtenberg said.
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