NORTH CREEK - The evening of July 16, Tannery Pond Community Center will host a visitor who has literally been to outer space and back. Doctor/Astronaut Garrett Reisman will present a talk with his mother Sheila Reisman about his experiences in space at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Elizabeth Nash Foundation for Cystic Fibrosis.
Garrett Reisman hails from New Jersey and received an undergraduate degree in engineering and economics from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania in 1991. He went on to earn a graduate and post-graduate degree in engineering from the California Institute of Technology.
Previous to his first flight into space in 2008, Reisman was employed by TRW in the Space and Technology Division and then selected by NASA as a mission specialist.
During his first flight, he lived aboard the International Space Station for three months. He received national media attention when he delivered a romantic message from space to his wife Simone during that mission.
"The truth is that when I look out the window at the planet and I look down at all the people down there, I'm usually just thinking about just one of all those billions of people," he told a television interviewer. "And that's definitely what I'm looking forward to seeing the most."
Reisman's most recent trip to space was an 11-day mission in mid-May.
Sheila Reisman accompanies her son on his speaking engagements and brings her extensive background in public speaking after years with the "Dolls for Democracy" program of what was then B'Nai B'Rith Women. Also, as a 10 year director of the Breast Center of Morristown in N.J., she was active in offering numerous presentations to women's groups of all kinds and to schools.
During the past year, she has been presenting her son and his experiences to various groups and to school children.
"It is from the perspective of this mother, and it is not sponsored by NASA," she said. "I am passionate and knowledgeable about the subject, and the presentation is energetic, informative, and very interesting as well as humorous."
Reisman will show a seven minute DVD that her son made while living on the International Space Station, and another that was just prepared in June, 2010 after the successful May mission of STS 132/Atlantis.
"These are things that you will never see anywhere else," she said.
A $5 donation is requested from audience members. For further information, contact Nancy Beaudin at 251- 2240.