Astronaut Michael Fossum

NASA Astronaut Michael E. Fossum during a 2011 spacewalk. (Photo courtesy of NASA.)

The second Todd Lecture of 2015 featured decorated NASA Astronaut Col Michael E. Fossum, USAF. In his address, “Report from the International Space Station,” Fossum highlighted his work aboard the orbiting national laboratory, and spoke frankly about how long it took him to become space-travel eligible. Persisting through 13 years of applications and five interviews, in 1998, he got his chance. Fossum went on to log more than 194 days in space aboard the International Space Station and the now-retired Space Shuttle Discovery. During his three missions, he completed a total of seven spacewalks. In December of last year he helped test the Orion spacecraft, a vehicle built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. View Fossum’s talk at tls.norwich.edu.

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