Final Shuttle: Former WPI Prof Reflects on NASA Program

Worcester Telegram and Gazette - But Mr. Sacco, the former chairman of the chemical engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute who blasted into space himself in 1995 as a payload specialist aboard the shuttle Columbia, declined the invitation and will, instead, be in his office at Texas Tech University — keeping abreast of developments at the Florida launchpad through broadcast reports.

Al Sacco Jr. was among the privileged few to get officially invited to Cape Canaveral to watch this morning's historic liftoff of Atlantis — the last of NASA's fleet of rugged, mule-like shuttles to rumble into space.
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But Mr. Sacco, the former chairman of the chemical engineering department at Worcester Polytechnic Institute who blasted into space himself in 1995 as a payload specialist aboard the shuttle Columbia, declined the invitation and will, instead, be in his office at Texas Tech University — keeping abreast of developments at the Florida launchpad through broadcast reports.

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