Next NASA launch in hands of Mississippi native
Link - As he is working through the mounds of paper that cross his desk, or while sitting in on a heated discussion among engineers and scientists, Bill Parsons often gives a quick thought to the historical significance of it all.
Parsons, who grew up in Magnolia and earned an engineering degree from the University of Mississippi, is NASA's shuttle program manager. He is in charge of the space agency's Return to Flight — now set for May 15 with the launch of Discovery. It will be America's first manned shuttle voyage since Columbia's crew of seven was killed during reentry Feb. 1, 2002.