2011-03-31 / Local & State

Former Residents Welcome Home Discovery Astronauts

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Right: Former county resident Mary Largent, center, meets Discovery crew members at a homecoming held March 10 at Ellington Airport in Texas. Behind Largent, signing autographs, is astronaut Steve Bowen. Right: Former county resident Mary Largent, center, meets Discovery crew members at a homecoming held March 10 at Ellington Airport in Texas. Behind Largent, signing autographs, is astronaut Steve Bowen. 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.”


The crew of the space shuttle Discovery poses for photographs at a welcome home celebration at Ellington Airport in Texas following the completion of Discovery’s 39th and final mission. From left: mission specialists Nicole Stott and Michael Barratt, pilot Eric Boe, Cmdr. Steve Lindsey and mission specialists Alvin Drew and Steve Bowen. The crew of the space shuttle Discovery poses for photographs at a welcome home celebration at Ellington Airport in Texas following the completion of Discovery’s 39th and final mission. From left: mission specialists Nicole Stott and Michael Barratt, pilot Eric Boe, Cmdr. Steve Lindsey and mission specialists Alvin Drew and Steve Bowen. Mary met all six members of Discovery’s crew and got their autographs.

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.

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