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NASA Astronauts Headline Public Events in Washington, Virginia, Maryland, Online

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, June 17, 2015

 

NASA astronauts Reid Wiseman and Barry “Butch” Wilmore will be making several stops in the Washington area June 22-26 to share with many audiences their experiences aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

 

The following events are open to the media and public:

 

Monday, June 22

 

My other workshop is the space station: Wilmore will tour the Arlington, Virginia TechShop, a do-it-yourself workshop and fabrication studio for makers. The public is invited to join Wilmore from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. EDT, during which he will talk about being a maker in space, what it’s like to spend six months in an orbiting laboratory, and NASA’s plans for the future of space exploration and how the public can be involved. 

 

A question-and-answer session will follow his presentation. To register for this event, go tohttp://go.nasa.gov/1BgQb6L. Media who would like to cover the tour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. or the Q&A session must contact Kelly Austin at kelly.austin@techshop.ws no later than 5 p.m. today. TechShop is located at 2110-B Crystal Dr.

 

Monday and Tuesday, June 22 and 23

Astronaut Q&A on Facebook: The U.S. Navy invites the public to post questions for the astronauts to the Navy’s official Facebook page. Wilmore and Wiseman, both Navy officers, will answer these questions on video and the Navy will post the videos throughout the week. To participate, visit the Navy's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/USNavy.

Tuesday, June 23

Inside Talk at NASA: NASA Television will air live at 11 a.m. a discussion between Wiseman and employees at NASA Headquarters in Washington. The event also will stream live on NASA’s website. 

Navy Heritage Center Event: The U.S. Navy Memorial Naval Heritage Center will host a public event 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday featuring Wilmore, who is also a U.S. Navy captain. Wilmore will give a presentation about his time in space and answer questions from visitors.

Wilmore also will be a guest at a free public concert at the Navy Memorial at 7:30 p.m. The Concerts on the Avenue series features the United States Navy Band and Navy Ceremonial Guard and highlights naval history and heritage, honors the Navy fleet and pays tribute to our nation’s veterans. The center and memorial are located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, Northwest in Washington.

Science Channel Talks to Wiseman: Wiseman, who gained a large following on social media while sharing the wonders of space exploration, will talk about his experience at a live event with Science Channel at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdayat Science Channel Headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland.

This event is open to the public, however, interested individuals must register at https://nvite.com/SciSpaceLive/b7bd, as space is limited. The event also will air live on Science Channel and NASA websites. Those who cannot attend may still join the discussion on Twitter using the hastags #SciSpaceLive and #AskReid.

Wednesday, June 24

Moving Beyond Earth: The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington will host a public event 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, June 24 in its Moving Beyond Earth Gallery, featuring Wiseman. The astronaut will give a presentation to museum visitors on his stay aboard the space station. For those who cannot attend in person, the event will air on NASA TV and stream live at http://airandspace.si.edu/events/webcasts.cfm. The museum is located at Independence Ave. and 6th St. Southwest.

The two will make other appearances throughout their stay in the capitol region, including lunch with wounded service members, a visit with children of active duty service members at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, and a meeting with teachers of science, technology engineering and mathematics. These events are not open to the media or public.

Wilmore most recently commanded Expedition 42 aboard the space station, a 167-day mission during which he performed scientific research and technology demonstrations and completed a spacewalk with fellow astronaut Wiseman to replace a failed voltage regulator. Wilmore now has logged 25 hours and 36 minutes of spacewalking, and 178 days in space over two missions.

As a member of the ISS Expedition 41 crew, Wiseman began his stay aboard the orbiting laboratory in May 2014 and returned to Earth in November 2014. This mission was his first spaceflight and included almost 13 hours of spacewalking to perform work outside the orbital complex. He and his crewmates also spent hundreds of hours conducting valuable scientific research in areas such as human physiology, medicine, physical science, Earth science and astrophysics.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedules and downlink information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For more information about the research taking place on the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/main/index.html 

For biographies of Wilmore and Wiseman, visit http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/wilmore-be.html and http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/wiseman.html

 

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