Press Release

NASA Astronaut to Visit Seattle August 6-7

By SpaceRef Editor
August 1, 2008
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In honor of NASA’s 50th anniversary and the International Space Station’s (ISS) 10th anniversary, astronaut Clay Anderson will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Seattle Mariners baseball game on Wednesday, August 6, as the team hosts the Minnesota Twins. At the top of the second inning, Anderson will be available to sign autographs for fans on Level 300.

On Thursday, August 7, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Anderson will then make an appearance at the Pacific Science Center located at 200 2nd Avenue North. As a special guest, he will meet and greet Planetarium visitors and participate in a Danger Science Show. Anderson will help demonstrate the power of explosions, rockets and propulsion. He will also be available for autographs.

Anderson’s visit to Seattle offers the opportunity to discuss his role as an astronaut and NASA’s goals in space exploration. Anderson will be available for live in-studio interviews August 6 from 5 a.m. to 9 a.m., and interviews at the ballpark and museum. To schedule an interview, contact Cassandra Miranda at 281-483-8618.

Anderson was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics and a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering. Anderson was selected as an astronaut in 1998. In November 2007, he flew his first mission as a member of the STS-117 shuttle crew to the ISS where he spent five months working as a flight engineer and conducting three spacewalks. Station residents carryout important scientific experiments and gather data to help assist in the development of future missions to the moon and Mars.

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