USMC (retired) Lt. General JD "Beak" Howell, former Johnson Space Center Director, will give a special presentation at the Activity Center (105 Cross Creek) on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. on his experience before, during and after the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster. He was overseeing the center when the disaster took place, and was the eighth in line at the time to serve in capacity of Director for the space center. This free presentation, organized by the City of Lakeway Heritage Committee, will also include a live question and answer session.
On February 1, 2003, the Columbia Space Shuttle disintegrated during atmospheric re-entry, killing all seven crew members. It was the second fatal accident in the Space Shuttle program, after the Challenger Space Shuttle broke apart after liftoff in 1986.
The presentation follows a series of events by the City of Lakeway Heritage Committee marking the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, which included a special Fourth of July theme this year of "Fly Me To The Moon." The July 4, 2019 program also included a special presentation by the Grand Marshal of the 4th of July parade, Capt. Kenneth Cockrell, USN, Ret. Capt. Cockrell is also a retired astronaut who worked for NASA.