Former Residents Welcome Home Discovery Astronauts
One-time county residents Harold “Dick” and Mary (Martz) Largent were on hand with families, friends and space enthusiasts to welcome home the crew of the space shuttle Discovery when the astronauts returned to Ellington Airport in Texas March 10, a day after Discovery touched down at Kennedy Space Center, completing its 39th and final mission.
A NASA engineer for 35 years, Dick said the astronauts talked about their flight experiences and expressed their good fortune to have had the opportunity to contribute to Discovery’s 13-day docking mission with the International Space Station.
Cmdr. Steve Lindsey called the mission “flawless” and said, “It was a great flight. We landed a vehicle that had absolutely nothing wrong with it. If you think about a vehicle that is 27 years old, that’s a remarkable achievement.”
According to Dick, just two flights remain before the nearly three-decade old shuttle program is retired. The space shuttle Endeavour’s final flight is scheduled for April 19, and space shuttle Atlantis will launch in late June.
The Largents live in Pasadena, Texas, not far from Ellington Airport.