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NASA ASTRONAUT DR.JIM REILLY
Go4Guru being honored for coordinating Seminars and Work Shops with Dr.Jim Reilly, NASA Astronaut and Seventh Honorary U.S. Marshal.
Reilly earned three degrees (B.S., M.S. and Ph.D) in Geosciences from the University of Texas-Dallas before becoming an astronaut. Reilly, who has logged more than 500 hours in space on two Space Shuttle missions.
A BOYHOOD DREAM
When he was nine years old, he remembers sitting uncomfortably as his teeth were being examined. "I was in that chair and the dentist was talking about the current NASA mission. He asked me if I'd like to become an astronaut some day and fly in space, and I thought, 'I'd rather be anywhere than right here.'" And that's where it all began "As a kid, I'd write to NASA and I'd track all of their missions."
SEVENTH-EVER HONORARY U.S. MARSHAL
Reilly has been a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut since 1995, but it was a predicament nearly three years afterwards that brought him in contact with the Marshals Service and eventually led to his being named as the seventh-ever honorary U.S. marshal.
In the summer of 2001, Acting Director McKinney flew from headquarters to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston, home to NASA. In front of a backdrop of a replica space shuttle, he presented Reilly with an official badge and swore him in before numerous NASA officials.
Said the former director: "It was indeed an honor to swear in the first person to represent the Marshals Service in space. And it reminded me of this agency's many firsts like when George Washington dispatched the earliest marshals into America's western frontier. "I wonder if Mr. Reilly is the first of a new breed of marshals for the future?". Reilly was genuinely moved by the ceremony. "It was a pretty spectacular event," Reilly said. "I was so highly impressed. It was one of the biggest honors I have ever received."
HUMAN EXPLORER ON THE SURFACE OF MARS
In his seminars, Reilly will discuss why he believes humans must one day travel to Mars in order to fully explore the planet.
“Although robotic missions have proven to be astoundingly capable in many areas, the best explorer still remains the human examiner,” he said. “With the ability to adaptively reason at relatively high speed, a human explorer on the surface of Mars will give us the best capability to rapidly examine, theorize, re-examine and refine the theory to best fit the available data, then respond to the next decision, which is, ‘What is next?’”
In Palm Springs, Calif., Colorado Springs, Colo., and Jacksonville, Fla., Reilly gave presentations on how teamwork in space is the key element to success.
"You get to know the crew better than your family in many ways. In different situations, you learn how they will act and react and you feed off of each other."
Dr.Jim Reilly Seminar topic: The history and the future of the exploration of the planet Mars.