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"Shuttleman" Scott G. Phillips Keeps Shuttle Spirit Alive

Date: 
Friday, October 18, 2019 - 9:30am

"Shuttleman" Phillips shares Moon Guitar with 6th Grade

On this 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing Scott Phillips will be sharing his "moon guitar" with our 6th grade. This guitar is called the moon guitar because it is made from a tree whose seed was taken on the moon mission and then planted at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Hurricane Urma knocked down the tree and Phillips managed to save the wood and carve a guitar out of it. He will play this guitar for us.

Phillips worked at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. from its beginnings to the bittersweet end of the program. His favorite orbiter was Columbia because it represented some of his favorite missions. 

Phillips, nicknamed “Shuttleman”, worked for Lockheed Martin as an external tank logistics manager at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville for 33 years. He has been a wood carver since childhood and his love of the space program was inspired by Neil Armstrong.

Special thanks to the Microwave Dave Music Education Foundation for providing this amazing program for our students.