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Astronaut Panel – Pikes Peak Regional History Lecture Series

January 12, 2013 @ 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
215 South Tejon Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
$5 Suggested Donation - Free for Members
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Join us for a fascinating look into space from the perspective of former astronauts Kevin Chilton, Jim Dutton, and Jeff Ashby. The panel discussion will be facilitated by the Space Foundation’s Vice President of  Marketing and Communications, Janet Stevens. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the human experience of space!

If you have a great question that you think should be included in the discussion please submit in the comments box below or on our facebook page!

RSVP here or at 719-385-5990.


Jeff Ashby was raised in Evergreen, Colorado.  He has earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Aviation Systems from University of Idaho and University of Tennessee respectively.

Ashby spent 18 years as a Naval Aviator, accumulating over 8000 flight hours, 1000 carrier landings, and 65 combat missions. He is a graduate of the Navy Fighter weapons School (Top Gun) and Naval Test Pilot School.

Following his Navy career, Ashby worked for 13 years as an astronaut and a NASA senior executive. He completed 3 space shuttle missions including the deployment of the Chandra X-ray telescope and two flights to assemble the International Space Station. His final NASA tour was Senior NASA liaison to Air Force Space Command.

Ashby has served as the Vice President of Business Development for Alliant Tech Systems, and served on the board of the non-profit Melanoma Research Foundation which he helped create.

He now resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado where he currently works as the Chief of Mission Assurance for Blue Origin, and as an aerospace consultant, specializing in private human spaceflight and human rating certification.


Colonel Dutton was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon.  He is a 1991 graduate of the Air Force Academy and 1994 graduate of the University of Washington, where he  received degrees in astronautical engineering and aeronautics respectively.  He has flown over 4,000 hrs in over 30 different aircraft, including the F-15, F-16, and F-22.  He was selected as an astronaut in 2004 and flew as the pilot of STS-131 on space shuttle Discovery in April 2010, delivering 6 tons of equipment and supplies to the International Space Station.  Dutton and his family are now living in Colorado Springs, where he is serving as an instructor in engineering at the Air Force Academy.


Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, General Chilton is a graduate of St Bernard high school, the Air Force Academy and Columbia University.  During his 34 1/2 year career in the Air Force he served as a pilot, test pilot, NASA Astronaut, staff officer and commander of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing, 8th Air Force, Air Force space Command and US Strategic Command.  He and his family live in Colorado Springs where he is currently  President of Chilton & Associates LLC and serves as a Director on several public, private and non-profit boards.

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