Colonel Gregory Johnson signed autographs for Christopher Nichols (left) and Sean Nichols (center) at the Emerson Employees Coming Together event.

ST. LOUIS - Emerson Climate Technologies, in partnership with the National Museum of the United States Air Force, hosted active National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Colonel Gregory Johnson to present his first-hand account of space travel before Emerson employees and their families. In total, over 460 people were on hand to hear Colonel Johnson speak on Jan. 23 as part of the Emerson Employees Coming Together (EECT) event. EECT is dedicated to the enrichment of Emerson employees by offering personal and professional growth opportunities through meaningful programs and fellowship.

During his presentation, Colonel Johnson engaged the audience with his first-hand account of a space shuttle mission, sharing personal stories, pictures, and videos. He also discussed the challenges of space travel, the International Space Station, and NASA’s continued work with the space shuttle program. After answering numerous questions from the audience, Colonel Johnson was available to sign autographs and pose for pictures, offering attendees the unique opportunity to interact with an active NASA astronaut. According to the company, his presentation was the culmination of a fun and engaging family day for Emerson Climate Technologies’ employees and museum participants that also included an IMAX show and luncheon, as well as the opportunity to explore the museum.

“Colonel Johnson is truly an inspirational speaker and we were very happy to partner with Emerson Climate Technologies to bring his presentation to the museum,” said Jane Leach, museum special events coordinator. “Having a NASA astronaut on hand for people to see and interact with is always a very popular attraction and this event proved to be no exception.”

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Publication date:03/10/2010