Montauk Observatory Brings Space Station to Guild Hall in East Hampton

NASA Astronaut Randy Bresnik. Photo courtesy of NASA

Retired Marine colonel and NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik returned from his most recent mission in December 2017. Serving as commander of the International Space Station for Expedition 53, and flight engineer for Expedition 52, he made 2,224 orbits of the Earth and traveled 58,835,163 miles in 139 days.

And, next week, he is coming to Guild Hall to talk about it.

Alongside his wife, Rebecca Bresnik — associate chief counsel for International Matters at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and lead attorney for the International Space Station — they will kick of a pair of two free lectures with “Space Exploration,” on Wednesday, June 27, hosted by the Montauk Observatory.

Intended for those age 15 and up, this is a rare opportunity to learn about space from the insiders: what it’s like to live and work in space, to be an astronaut responsible for the International Space Station and its overall mission success, not to mention the safety of the crew and mission objectives, and what is involved on the ground — handling the challenges of one of the most ambitious international collaborations, between 22 countries, ever attempted.

“The Bresniks are both remarkable people,” Terry Bienstock, president of the Montauk Observatory, said in a press release. “Their personal stories and their accomplishments are inspiring. … The opportunity for our residents and their kids to spend time with Randy and Rebecca will be something we will remember for the rest of our lives.”

The second event for all ages on Friday, June 29, “My Life as an Astronaut” will explore how to become an astronaut — and, for those who aren’t interested, just a chance to meet one! — and what it is like to work for NASA.

“Guild Hall is proud to partner with the Montauk Observatory on this inspiring and informative program with two extraordinary NASA professionals,” Andrea Grover, Guild Hall’s executive director, said in a press release. “This partnership helps further our goal of presenting imaginative programming that expands horizons and contributes to creative thinking.”

Wednesday’s lecture will begin at 8 p.m., followed by Friday’s event at 2 p.m. Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information, please call (631) 324-4050 or visit or