The first native Houstonian and triple Rice graduate astronaut — Shannon Walker — will speak with the PrimeTimers at their September 8 meeting.
With a bachelor’s degree in physics, she began her professional career in 1987 with the Rockwell Space Operations Company at the Johnson Space Center as a robotics flight controller for the Space Shuttle Program. After additional education and professional work, she was selected in 2004 for Astronaut Candidate Training.
Her first flight was as the crew support astronaut for the ISS Expedition 14 crew, ending April 2007 after 215 days in orbit. She has since been co-pilot of Russian Soyuz spacecraft for a long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station and Flight Engineer while landing the 163-day mission, 161 of them aboard the Station.
Gather in Fondren Hall at 10:30 am followed by the free program and a $8 lunch for those who RSVP by September 6 to firstname.lastname@example.org.