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Oak Harbor celebrity shares space flight experience

Oak Harbor city Councilwoman Beth Munns takes a moment to greet Atlantis Shuttle pilot Greg Johnson.   - K.C. Pohtilla / Whidbey News-Times
Oak Harbor city Councilwoman Beth Munns takes a moment to greet Atlantis Shuttle pilot Greg Johnson.
— image credit: K.C. Pohtilla / Whidbey News-Times

A local, celestial celebrity entertained an audience of almost 100 with his outer-space experiences and solar-themed slide show at the Oak Harbor Elk Lodge Monday.

Greg Johnson, former Oak Harbor resident and maintenance department head in an A-6 squadron at Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, returned to share his experiences as a NASA pilot. Earlier this year Johnson flew a team of astronauts onboard the Atlantis shuttle’s final mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.

“We were so happy he chose to come to Whidbey Island and Oak Harbor to spend some time with the community,” said Mayor Jim Slowik of Johnson’s “inspiring” presentation.

“What he did was no small feat,” Slowik said.

Johnson logged almost 13-days and 5,276,000 miles in space during his most recent space flight.

The mission successfully extended and improved the 19-year-old telescope’s capabilities through 2014, according to NASA officials.

The luncheon and presentation was sponsored by the Oak Harbor Navy League.

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