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Jun 13, 2015 4:07 PM

Aerospacefest attracts a crowd at Concord's Discovery Center


CONCORD - A former NASA astronaut who grew up in New Hampshire was one of numerous attractions at the Aerospacefest on Saturday at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center.

Dr. Richard Linnehan spoke to a crowd about the development of his career, his training and experiences in space.

Linnehan attended high school in Hudson and Pelham before attending the University of N.H. A veteran of four space flights, Linnehan has logged more than 58 days in space, including six spacewalks.

In addition to Linnehan's presentation at the center's 25th anniversary, the CATSAT - a new UNH satellite display - was presented with an interpretive kiosk created by CATSAT engineer Ken Levenson, who now works for Raytheon.

Organizers said the event was intended to attract interest from a younger crowd.

"I think it's an opportunity for kids to find out all of the different ways we find out what we know about the earth, and about our solar system and about our universe," said Executive Director Jeanne Gerulskis. "And they can start thinking about potential careers in these areas."

The event was held from 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.


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