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Astronaut Diary: Life in Space

Sunday, June 6, 2010
11:30 am - 1:00 pm EST

Astronauts who’ve lived on the International Space Station and “walked” in space tell all: what it’s like to ride on a space ship, and to eat, sleep, exercise, and even do science—in space. Come hear firsthand from the world’s most intrepid explorers—including astronauts Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Leland Melvin and Sandra Magnus—and Dava Newman, designer of an innovative spacewalking suit, about what it’s like to soar upward and leave our home, planet Earth, behind. Journalist Miles O’Brien moderates.


Miles O’BrienJournalist, Producer

Miles O’Brien is a veteran award-winning journalist who focuses on science technology and aerospace. He is the science correspondent for the PBS NewsHour, a producer and director for the PBS science documentary series NOVA, and a correspondent for the PBS documentary series Frontline and the National Science Foundation Science Nation series.

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Dava NewmanAstronautics and Aeronautics Engineer

Dava Newman specializes in investigating human performance across the spectrum of gravity. She is an expert in the areas of extravehicular activity, human movement, physics-based modeling, biomechanics, energetics and human-robotic cooperation.

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Leland MelvinAstronaut

A former wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, Leland Melvin is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He served on the space shuttle Atlantis as a mission specialist and was named the NASA Associate Administrator for Education in October 2010.

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Sandra MagnusFormer NASA Astronaut

Sandra H. “Sandy” Magnus is the executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest aerospace professional society. Magnus attended the Missouri University of Science and Technology, graduating with a degree in physics and a master’s degree in electrical engineering.

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Tracy Caldwell DysonAstronaut

Since joining NASA in 1998, Tracy Caldwell Dyson has logged more than 300 hours in space. During her first trip aboard the space shuttle Endeavour in 2007 she served as the intra-vehicular (spacewalk coordinator and primary shuttle robotic arm operator).

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