Banner is Back After Boldly Going
Where No UT Dallas Flag Has Gone Before
Astronaut presents International Space Station tribute to alma mater
Nov. 19, 2007
A UT Dallas flag is back on Earth after flying with astronaut and university alumnus Jim Reilly to the International Space Station.
'PAST THEIR EXPECTATIONS'
Excerpt from inscription
on shuttle collage
“Presented to the Faculty, Staff and Students of the University of Texas at Dallas, where the uncompromising search for academic excellence provides students the ability to reach past their expectations. From the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the crew of Atlantis, STS-117.”
Jim Reilly, EV-1
B.S. ’77, M.S. ’87, Ph.D. ’95
Reilly recently gave the university the flag and a framed collage commemorating the flight.
The collage includes a crew patch and a small Texas flag that also flew with Reilly into space over the summer.
Reilly holds three degrees from UT Dallas: a bachelor’s (1977), master’s (1987) and doctorate (1995), all in geosciences.
Although it was the first trip into outer space for the flag, Reilly is a veteran space explorer. He has flown in three missions to the space shuttle.
In all, Reilly has logged more than 853 hours in space, including five spacewalks that totaled 31 hours and 10 minutes.
Reilly has explored Earth’s far reaches as well. In 1977 and 1978, he took part in a scientific expedition to Antartica. In the 1980s, his work as an exploration geologist sent him on the equivalent of 22 days in deep-submergence vehicles during studies of imaging technology used in deep-water engineering projects and biological research.
He was born in Idaho but now calls the Dallas suburb of Mesquite his home.