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Story Musgrave, M.D.          

Physician & Retired NASA Astronaut

Story Musgrave was born in 1935 on a dairy farm in Stockbridge, MA. He was in the forests alone at three and by five floated his homebuilt rafts on the rivers. He rode combines at five, drove trucks and tractors at 10 and when alone in remote fields repaired them by 13.

He never finished school, ran off to Korea with the U. S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and engine mechanic. He started flying with the Marines and over the next 58 years accumulated 18,000 hours in over 160 aircraft. He is a parachutist with over 800 freefalls.

He has six graduate degrees in math, computers, chemistry, medicine, physiology, and literature. He has been awarded 20 honorary doctorates. He was a part-time trauma surgeon for the duration of his astronaut career.

He was a NASA astronaut for over 30 years and flew on six spaceflights. He performed the first shuttle spacewalk on Challenger's first flight, was a pilot on an astronomy mission, conducted two classified DOD missions, was the lead spacewalker on the Hubble Telescope repair mission and operated an electronic chip manufacturing satellite on Columbia. He was the communicator in mission control for 25 missions.

Today he is a producer/director of multimedia, a landscape architect, a heavy equipment operator, an innovator with Applied Minds Inc, and a professor of design at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Story also performs multimedia corporate presentations on the topics of design driven innovation, project management, operations, human performance, reliability, quality and safety.

He has seven beautiful children: Lorelei, Scott, Holly, Todd, Jeff, Lane and Story, ranging from age 50 to 4 years, three beautiful grandchildren, and a beautiful wife, Amanda.

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Story performs multimedia corporate presentations on the topics of:

  • Design-Driven Innovation
  • Project Management
  • Operations
  • Human Performance
  • Reliability, Quality and Safety


Astronaut Story Musgrave is UM-Flint Commencement Speaker

Esteemed astronaut Story Musgrave will be the keynote speaker at both of the University of Michigan-Flint's May Commencement ceremonies.

TBLC 2017 - Plenary Highlight: Story Musgrave - Team-Based ...

Story Musgrave: Multiple Platforms, Domains and Disciplines. “My entire life I have been immersed in a multiplicity of domains and disciplines, sometimes out of ...

Meet astronaut Story Musgrave at CBC in Pasco | Tri-City Herald

Tri-City residents can ask an astronaut a question Sept. 3 at one of three appearances by astronaut and Renaissance man Story Musgrave at Columbia Basin ...

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