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Astronaut Mark Polansky at the Fleet

Astronaut Mark Polansky
By Nathan Young
 
The Fleet is excited to host a special guest on Tuesday, August 15, astronaut Mark Polansky. He will be talking to girls in the Fleet's BE WiSE program, attendees of the Fleet's Science Summer Camps and also making two public appearances where you can have the chance to meet him yourself! 
 

America's New Astronauts

After evaluating a record number of applications, NASA will introduce its new astronaut candidates on Wednesday, June 7, at noon (local time) from the agency’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The announcement will be broadcast on NASA TV, and you can also watch it live at https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive/.

An Interview With an Astronaut

With the launch of our new exhibit, Destination Station, we've been lucky to have astronauts available to chat with us here at the Fleet! Mike Hopkins was selected in July 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. On September 25, 2013, Hopkins launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the International Space Station. During his stay aboard the space station, Hopkins conducted a pair of U.S. spacewalks to change out a degraded pump module for a total of 12 hours and 58 minutes. Hopkins returned to Earth on March 10, 2014, after 166 days in space.