(Townsend December 1) On November 27, Loren Acton, the only Montana-born astronaut spoke to the Rotary Club. Loren was born in the Lewistown, Montana area and explained to the Club how a small town boy from Montana was able to grow up and become a crew member on the Challenger. Loren was educated at Montana State University and eventually received a doctorate in solar physics. He was charged with taking x-ray pictures of the sun and showed the Club some of the pictures he took from space. He currently lives in Bozeman and is a member of the Bozeman Sunrise Rotary Club. His wife Evelyn also attended the meeting.
When asked about the importance of continuing the space program in an interview with the Bozeman Daily Chronicle in July 2011, Loren said: There are two things kids care about - dinosaurs and space. I hate to see us throw half of that away. The other half died 80 million years ago!”
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