Astronaut Robert Cenker To Speak at Mercer Mar. 30
3/7/06


Robert Cenker, aerospace systems consultant, will present “Six Days in Space” on Thurs., March 30 at 12 noon. Presented as part of MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series, the talk will take place in the Communications Building, CM110, on the West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The program is free and open to the public.

A senior engineer with RCA Astro-Electronics Division, Cenker was selected by RCA and approved by NASA to serve as a payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia. During a six-day mission from January 12 to 18, 1986, he performed a variety of physiological tests, observed the deployment of the RCA Satcom Ku-1 satellite, and conducted experiments with an infrared imaging camera. In completing this flight, Cenker traveled over 2.1 million miles in 96 Earth orbits and logged over 146 hours in space. His lecture on this memorable mission will include a slide and video presentation.

Cenker earned his bachelor’s and masters degrees in Aerospace Engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He also earned a master of science in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University.

Robert Cenker during his time
as a Space Shuttle astronaut.

Cenker is an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, a senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, a member of the Association of Space Explorers, and a registered Professional Engineer in the state of New Jersey.

For more information on this event or other upcoming lectures at MCCC, call (609) 586-4800, x3324.

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