Friendswood, TX (PRWEB) March 27, 2013
On May 2nd from 5 to 7 p.m., Jewelry store ACORI Diamonds & Design will be hosting astronaut Jerry Ross for a book signing at their Friendswood, Texas location. Ross recently released his first book, an autobiography entitled, “Spacewalker: My Journey in Space and Faith as NASA’s Record-Setting Frequent Flyer” on Purdue University Press. The book was released on January 31, the 55th anniversary of the Explorer 1 mission. Ross, a long-time friend of ACORI, will be holding his only book signing in Friendswood.
When ACORI owners Billy and Connie Stagner noticed there was no book signing scheduled for Ross in Friendswood, they wanted to do something to congratulate their local hero. Being long-time friends of over 20 years with Ross, the Stagners decided their store would be the perfect location to hold the signing. Billy Stagner also decided to take it a step further and personally donate $10 to the Friendswood Library for every book that is sold during the signing. Jerry Ross will also be donating a signed copy of the book to the local library.
Since his graduation from Purdue University in 1970, Ross has been awarded a number of awards including two Defense Superior Service Medals, the Air Force Legion of Merit, two Air Force Meritorious Service Medals and the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement. Ross’ first mission was the STS-61B where he completed 108 orbits of earth in a bit shy of a week in December of 1988. His final mission was the STS-110 Atlantis, which was the 13th Shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. This mission took a bit over a week in April of 2002, and orbited the Earth 171 times.
Ross made headlines for flying into space a record seven times. In his time in space, he spent more than eight weeks orbiting Earth as well as almost 60 hours performing spacewalks. Ross also was a part of the deploying of one of NASA’s “great observatories.” In his time as an astronaut, Ross worked at two space stations and served the US Department of Defense on a classified mission.
A number of local leaders and dignitaries will also be on hand for the occasion. Mary Perroni, the head of the library, will be on hand to accept the donation of the signed copy of “Spacewalker”. For information, please visit http://www.acori.com