Saturday, January 21, 2012

Astronaut joins Space Foundation

Posted By on Sat, Jan 21, 2012 at 1:09 PM

Former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao has accepted a position as special advisor of human spaceflight with the Space Foundation, based in Colorado Springs.

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Although he will maintain his home in Houston, Chiao will start this month and will "participate significantly" in the National Space Symposium, which is sponsored by the Space Foundation and will be held at The Broadmoor Hotel from April 16 to 19, the foundation said in a press release.

More from the release:

Chiao flew on three Space Shuttle flights, a Russian Soyuz flight and was the commander of International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 10, where he lived onboard the ISS from Oct. 13, 2004, to April 24, 2005.

"Whether he's addressing rocket scientists, reporters or schoolchildren, Dr. Chiao is an extraordinary spokesperson on space science and human spaceflight," said Space Foundation CEO Elliot Pulham. "Plus, his extensive work with NASA and the Japanese, Russian and European space agencies makes him an incredible asset to the Space Foundation's global space endeavors."

Chiao grew up in Danville, Calif., and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. A native English speaker, he also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. His Space Shuttle missions include Discovery, Oct. 11-24, 2000; Endeavour, Jan. 11-20, 1996, and Columbia, July 8-23, 1994.

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