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Jay Barbree Talks Space at Special Event Aug. 22

08/08/2014

Longtime NBC Correspondent Has New Book on Neil Armstrong 

MELBOURNE, FLA. — Jay Barbree, who for more than 50 years has documented the space program from Brevard County as NBC’s space correspondent, will speak about the topic he knows best – and one of the giants in the field, Neil Armstrong – during a dinner and lecture starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Hartley Room on the campus of Florida Institute of Technology.

The only reporter to have covered every manned space mission launched from Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral from Mercury through the shuttle program, Barbree will present “The View from Within the Spacesuit,” which highlights his latest book, Neil Armstrong: A Life of Flight.

This special event, hosted by Florida Tech’s Lifelong Scholar Society, begins with a beer and wine reception and book signing from 6-6:45 p.m. in the Denius Student Center lounge.

At 7 p.m., Florida Tech President and CEO Anthony Catanese will welcome guests in the Hartley Room, and a plated dinner will be served featuring either beef tips or a vegetarian selection. At 8 p.m. Winston Scott, senior vice president of external relations and economic development for Florida Tech and an astronaut who flew two space shuttle missions, will introduce Barbree. The event is expected to conclude around 9 p.m.

Tickets are $60 per person for the general public and $50 for Lifelong Scholar members and Florida Tech faculty, staff and students. They are available through Aug. 18 by calling (321) 674-8382 or emailing pdpregistration@fit.edu. Tickets will not be sold at the door. If necessary, please note entrée preference when purchasing tickets.

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