Retired astronaut Don Thomas visited Morehead State University this week as part of the Go for Launch! camp hosted by the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics.
On Wednesday, Thomas spoke to Space Science Center guests about his experiences on the 1995 space shuttle Discovery mission.
From Cleveland, Ohio, Thomas was selected by NASA in 1990, and became an astronaut in July 1991.
He took four flights to space and logged over 1,040 hours in space.
While talking about the process of launching a shuttle, Thomas shared with audience members about the delay in the launch of space shuttle Discovery in 1995.
The delay was due to a woodpecker who made his home in Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, which surrounds Kennedy Space Station.
The woodpecker poked 205 holes in the external tank of the shuttle, destroying the insulation around the tank.
The launch was delayed while the damage was being repaired.
Thomas also gave demonstration, allowing four guests from the audience to simulate the effort the woodpecker put forth to peck holes in the tank.
Thomas retired from NASA in July 2007.
This article was originally posted on The Morehead News.