Ronald J. Garan, Jr. (Colonel, USAF)
Completes Space Shuttle 124 - Discovery flight
(May 31 – June 14, 2008)
YONKERS, NY. — Shuttle astronaut Ronald J. Garan, Jr., who returned from the Space Shuttle Discovery flight that installed the KIBO laboratory on the International Space Station, will visit his hometown, Yonkers, to present information about space to the community. Presentations by Colonel Garan and the City of Yonkers will take place at the Hudson River Museum, Yonkers, Monday, July 14 from 7 to 8:30 pm.
The Museum hosts Colonel Garan in collaboration with Yonkers Public Schools and it is the site for the current exhibition Space Is the Place, which chronicles the past and future potential of international space travel.
Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave. Yonkers. Exit 9, Saw Mill River Pkwy
6:30 – 7 pm
Photo Opportunity and Press Tour of Space Is the Place exhibition with Col. Garan
7 – 7:30 pm
Col. Garan will present Yonkers Mayor Philip Amicone with the City of Yonkers badge and Roosevelt High School sticker, both taken into space.
Mayor Amicone will present Col. Garan with the Key to the City along with an Official Mayoral Proclamation declaring July 14, 2008 “Col. Ronald J. Garan, Jr. Day” in the City of Yonkers.
The placard on the Key to the City reads:
This Key to the City of Yonkers is hereby presented to
Col. Ronald J. Garan, U.S.A.F. NASA Astronaut,
Yonkers Native and Graduate of Roosevelt High School
on this day July 14, 2008 by Hon. Philip A. Amicone,
Mayor of the City of Yonkers, in commemoration of his
historic flight aboard Space Shuttle Discovery on STS-124
(May 31 – June 14, 2008) and in appreciation of the bravery,
duty and heroism he displayed as a proud son of the
great City of Yonkers
7:30 –8:30 pm
Col. Garan will discuss space flight, show a video and answer questions from the community.
The event is FREE and open to the public.
Col. Garan was a member of the Discovery crew for the shuttle program’s 123rd mission with lift off on May 31 and landing on June 14. The flight included three space walks to install Kibo (the Japanese Experiment Module), perform station maintenance, and test techniques for cleaning a troubled joint.
Ronald Garan graduated from Roosevelt High School, Yonkers, in 1979, earned a BS degree from SUNY College Oneonta in 1982, and then took two master’s degrees — Aeronatuical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, 1994, and Aerospace Engineering, the University of Florida, 1996. He served in the United States Air Force and was selected as a pilot by NASA in 2000.
In a May 2008 phone interview, Col. Garan commented to the Museum about his New York roots, “…what I learned in New York is that you can accomplish things if you really put your mind to it and are willing to work hard. There are a lot of teachers that taught me that and I played football for Roosevelt High School under Coach DeMatteo.” As a Yonkers student Ronald Garan visited both the Hudson River Museum and the Andrus Planetarium and space was his early interest. He remembers, “Most people would ask, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up’, and I’d say ‘an astronaut.’ They’d answer, ‘Oh, wow, but what do you really want to do?’ because it was still pretty difficult to become an astronaut. What I tell kids when I speak to them is ‘never let anyone tell you that you can’t accomplish your dreams’.
The Hudson River Museum is located at 511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers NY. Minutes from the Saw Mill River Parkway, exit 9, north or southbound. Information and directions: 914.963.4550 and www.hrm.org. Wed - Sun 12- 5 pm. Fridays 12-8 pm. Admission: Adults $5; Seniors 62 & older and youth 5-16 $3. Fridays 5 to 8 pm free.
The largest cultural institution in Westchester County, the Hudson River Museum is a multi-disciplinary complex that draws its identity from its site on the banks of the Hudson River, and seeks to broaden the cultural horizons of all its visitors. It engages in the presentation of exhibitions, programs, teaching initiatives, research, collection, preservation, and conservation – a wide range of activities that interpret its collections, interests and communities.