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University of Houston-Clear Lake
News Release
Saturday, August 13, 2011

UH-Clear Lake presents ‘Celebrating Shuttle: An American Icon”

HOUSTON — Celebrate manned spaceflight and honor the Space Shuttle’s 30-year legacy through a special exhibit at University of Houston-Clear Lake titled “Celebrating Shuttle: An American Icon” on display Aug. 23 – Sept. 28 in the university’s Bayou Building. An opening reception that includes special guests from NASA Johnson Space Center will be held Aug. 23, 5-7 p.m., in the Bayou Building, Atrium II, Level 1, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston.

“We want everyone to enjoy the festivities while paying tribute to the shuttle program,” says UH-Clear Lake Coordinator of Special Events Kris Thompson about the opening event. “This event is really about the images, and neighbors and friends coming together to celebrate.”

The reception event and exhibit is hosted by UH-Clear Lake in partnership with NASA Johnson Space Center and opening night activities will include insights from NASA docents for the exhibit of shuttle artifacts and photographs.

Among the items on display include artifacts currently housed in the JSC Archives in UH-Clear Lake’s Alfred R. Neumann Library and images from all 135 shuttle missions. Created with participation from NASA, Johnson Space Center, contractors, community members, historians and archivists, this one-of-kind exhibit honors the significance of the Space Shuttle’s historic contributions.

Special guest speakers at the opening event will include representatives from NASA Johnson Space Center who will share their unique perspectives and personal experiences. Those scheduled to appear include the first chief flight director and former general director of NASA Johnson Space Center Milt Heflin; Space Shuttle Program manager during STS-1 and a member of the original Space Task Group Bob Thompson; and current Shuttle Program Manager John Shannon. The Clear Lake High School Chamber Orchestra will also perform during the opening.

For more information about the event, call UH-Clear Lake’s Office of Alumni and Community Relations, 281-283-2021, email or visit the exhibition website,

University of Houston-Clear Lake offers 40 undergraduate and 45 graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. For more UH-Clear Lake news and information, visit UH-Clear Lake’s newsroom,, or follow UH-Clear Lake on Facebook,, and Twitter,

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