Dr. Loren Acton

Dr. Loren Acton to the program. His most impressive CV is below and I also direct you to: http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/acton-lw.html and http://solar.physics.montana.edu/acton/. EXPERIENCE 1993-present Research Professor of Physics, Department of Physics Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA 59717 1964-1993 Lockheed Palo Alto Research Laboratory, Palo Alto, CA. Senior Consulting Scientist, Physical & Electronic Sciences Laboratory. Carried out research in solar and cosmic astronomy utilizing space instrumentation. l964-Present. Principal Investigator on NASA solar research programs including 8 rocket experiments, the Mapping X-Ray Heliometer on Orbiting Solar Observatory-8, X-Ray Polychromator for the Solar Maximum Mission, and the Soft X-Ray Telescope for the Japan/US/UK YOHKOH Mission. SPACEFLIGHT 1985 Payload Specialist on Challenger 8 space shuttle mission called SPACELAB 2. Launched July 29 (after a launch abort at T-3 seconds on July 12) and landed on August 6. This 8 day mission emphasized astronomy but our 13 experiments ranged from life sciences to high energy astrophysics. PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) American Astronomical Society (AAS) International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) AWARDS & HONORS 1986 Spaceflight Achievement award of American Astronautical Society. 1988 Robert E. Gross award for technical excellence, Lockheed Corp. 1988 Honorary Doctor of Science from Montana State University. 1989 Fellow of Am. Assoc. for the Advancement of Science. 1993 NASA Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal. 1996 Wiley Award for meritorious research, Mont. State Univ. 2000 Honorary Doctor of Science from Univ. of Colorado-Boulder. 2000 George Ellery Hale prize of Solar Physics Div., Am. Astron. Soc. 2002 Blue & Gold achievement award from Mont. St. U. Alumni Assoc.

Broadcast 1985 (Special Edition)

Guests: Astronaut Panel 2: Dr. John Jurist, Dr. Harrison Schmitt, Walter Cunningham, Dr. Loren Acton. Topics: Astronaut Panel 2 focused on spaceflight issues, policy, and in asking our panel members to share their space experiences with everyone. Please direct all comments and questions regarding Space Show programs/guest(s) to the Space Show blog, http://thespaceshow.wordpress.com. Comments and questions should be relevant to the specific Space Show program.

Broadcast 448 (Special Edition)

Dr. Loren Acton, Research Professor of Physics in the Dept. of Physics at Montana State University, was the guest for this Space Show program. Dr. Acton was a payload specialist on Challenger 8 so after a brief discussion regarding his membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the intelligent design subject, we discussed what it was like being an astronaut. We covered lots of topics from training, to space sickness, his mission and research, transformative experiences, looking back at Earth, being able to tell others about the experience, and more.

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