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Warren astronaut honored with historical marker

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WARREN, Ohio -

One of Warren Ohio's native sons who literally reached great heights in his career is being recognized with the placement of an Ohio Historical Marker in his home town.

A dedication and memorial was held Wednesday on the birthday Dr. Ronald Parise, who achieved acclaim as both an astronaut and scientist.

The marker, located adjacent to the Neil Armstrong First Flight Memorial Park on Route 422, is near Parise's childhood home.

Born in 1951, Parise graduated from Western Reserve High School in 1969.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics, with minors in math, astronomy, and geology from Youngstown State University in 1973.

Parise obtained Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in astronomy at the University of Florida in 1977 and 1979.

He was a payload specialist for missions aboard the space shuttles Columbia and Endeavor in 1990 and 1995.

Among his scientific studies, Parise brought amateur radio equipment aboard the shuttle, enabling crew members to communicate with schools and others on Earth.

Dr. Parise held planning and communications engineering support roles for human space flight projects, including the Russian space station Mir, the International Space Station, and the X-38, a vehicle intended to return astronauts to earth from space.

Parise was awarded NASA Space Flight Medals and Group Achievement awards.

He died in 2008.

Funding for the historical marker was raised through donations solicited by the Warren Heritage Center.

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