|Volume: 07, Issue: 03||03/11/2009|
Discuss Spaceflight with Former NASA Astronaut Rich CliffordChat Information:
Live online chat with Rich Clifford, Deputy Program Manager for the Space Shuttle Program, Space Exploration, at the Boeing Company and former NASA astronaut.
Date: Tuesday, March 31, 2009
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Chat Host Rich Clifford's Biography:
Clifford received a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He served a tour with the 10th Cavalry in Fort Carson, Colorado, and then entered the U.S. Army Aviation School in 1976. He was the top graduate of his flight class and was designated an Army Aviator in October 1976. After completing a Master of Science degree at Georgia Tech in 1982, Clifford was assigned to the Department of Mechanics at West Point as an instructor and associate professor. In December 1986 he graduated from the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and was designated an Experimental Test Pilot, logging over 3,500 flying hours in more than 50 aircraft types. Clifford is the recipient of the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, NASA Exceptional Leadership Medal, NASA Space Flight Medal and the Army Commendation Medal.
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