ONSTAGE

An Evening with Dr. Stephen Robinson begins in a darkened hall, with only a loud, low rumbling sound—the sound of the Space Shuttle taking off. The sound builds and builds in volume until it is literally shaking the stage. Captured by Dr. Robinson from a recorder he taped to his leg during a Space Shuttle launch, the sound is a thunderous reminder of the incredible power of a rocket launch.

Overcoming the odds has always been second nature to Steve Robinson. The NASA Astronaut Corps rejected him four times before allowing him entry. His current employer the University of California, Davis also rejected him before accepting him as an undergraduate. (UC Davis was just the first step down his path to Stanford, MIT and a future at NASA.) The power of persistence – and passion to fulfill his dream — is the perfect place to begin An Evening With Dr. Stephen Robinson.

Steve’s career in space spanned four shuttle missions, including one in which he managed Senator John Glenn and NASA’ research into the impact of space flight on the aging process.

His career included training to be a cosmonaut in Star City, Russia.

And, perhaps most prominently, his career included the high-pressure, high visibility “Return to Flight” mission in 2005 when, following the tragic loss of the space shuttle Columbia, a gap filler shook loose on the heat shield of the space shuttle Discovery during launch, threatening the shuttle in its return to Earth.

With the whole world watching, Steve undertook an unscheduled space walk in a stripped-down space suit (it was safer that way), to fix the damage.

Through the dramatic use of photos and video previously unavailable—much of it shot by Dr. Robinson himself during his 48 days in space— Steve takes his audiences places they’ve never been before.