Deputy director of Johnson Space Center to speak at Purdue

November 4, 2015  

Mark Geyer

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Mark Geyer, deputy director of Johnson Space Center, on Tuesday (Nov. 10) will visit Purdue University to speak about space.

Geyer's talk, titled "Orion and NASA Deep Space Exploration," is part of Purdue Libraries' Distinguished Lecture Series. His talk, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Stewart Center's Loeb Playhouse. A question-and-answer session will follow.

A ceremony will take place prior to the lecture to return artifacts that were loaned by Purdue Archives and Special Collections for inclusion on the Orion spacecraft during its December 2014 test flight. Purdue President Mitch Daniels will attend and receive the artifacts from Lockheed Martin.

The artifacts include a group photograph taken at the university's 1999 Purdue astronaut reunion. Also included is a photograph of Neil Armstrong and Eugene Cernan, the first and last people to walk on the moon, raising the American flag and acknowledging a cheering crowd at Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium in 2007. The final items are two Purdue pennants.

They represent Purdue's contributions to the U.S. space program – by not only its astronauts but also by the generations of engineers and scientists who have graduated from Purdue and gone on to work for NASA and in the aerospace industry.

Prior to being named deputy director in September, Geyer, a Purdue alumnus, served as manager of the Orion program since 2007. In that position, he was responsible for directing the development of Orion, implementing program policies, and planning and ensuring effective cost control of the program.

The lecture is made possible by funding to Purdue Libraries from the estate of Anna M. Akeley. 

Writer: Greg McClure, 765-496-9711,

Source: Shannon Walker, Purdue University Libraries director of strategic communication, 765-496-9610, 

Note to Journalists: There will be a media availability 1:30-2:30 Tuesday (Nov. 10) at the Purdue University Library Archives and Special Collections, on the fourth floor of Stewart Center. Mark Geyer, deputy director of Johnson Space Center; Sammie Morris, university archivist and head of Archives and Special Collections; Tracy Grimm, Barron Hilton archivist for flight and space exploration; and J.R. Edwards, manager of Human Space Flight Programs for Lockheed Martin, will attend. 

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