Most Experienced Astronaut Visits Big Spring

by Anayeli Ruiz 
NewsWest 9

BIG SPRING - He's considered NASA's most experienced Astronaut. Having served missions on every single space shuttle. On Tuesday, Dr. Story Musgrave paid a special visit to Big Spring High School. NewsWest 9 got a chance to speak with him about his long career in space.          

"I'm gonna give them life's lessons, how to live a life, how to build a life. How to take one step at a time, acquire a repertoire, how to connect the dots to the past and bring any skills forward and apply them to today's work," Musgrave said.

Musgrave was sharing his life story with students at Big Spring High School. As one of NASA'S most experience astronauts, he has a lot to pass on.

"People always ask about the first time. The first time is not the best time, you don't know what you're doing. You get much better. Looking out the window is spectacular, you never get enough window time," Musgrave said.

Musgrave went up in space six times and was in charge of designing the Hubble Space Telescope while in orbit. During his time at NASA, he trained in Big Spring and Midland/Odessa at the time the Webb Air Force Base was open.

"I love West Texas, it just feels so good to be out here. It's just good. They are gorgeous people, the earthiness. I'm a farm kid, this earthiness and the friendliness, the simplicity of life. It's a beautiful life out here," Musgrave said.

Now that NASA's space shuttle program is coming to end, Musgrave hopes another program will come for the future.

"If you look at where we were in 1975 and where we are now, we have come a long way. So it did its job but it is time for it to end, for it to get on with the next program. What's very awkward is we didn't have the planning for it, to come up with the next vehicle, to put this one down so we have no vehicle and we have no plan for a vehicle," Musgrave said.

For students who got a chance to meet the legendary astronaut, it's an experience they'll never forget.

"It's once in a lifetime, I mean how many times you are going to get to talk to somebody that has this much experience so it's definitely a great experience," Big Spring Student, Jackson Watkins, said.

Dr. Musgrave will leave Big Spring on Wednesday headed to Space Camp.