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2003-17 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 21, 2003

NASA Astronaut to Give Public Presentation at NCAR

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David Hosansky
UCAR Communications
Telephone: (303) 497-8611
E-mail: hosansky@ucar.edu

BOULDER--Astronaut Piers Sellers will give a nontechnical overview of his recent trip into space at the National Center for Atmospheric Research on Monday, April 28, at 4:00 p.m. The presentation, which will include slides and a video, is open to the public. Students, teachers, and children are welcome.

Sellers’ presentation, "STS-112, Building the International Space Station: A Global Perspective," will focus on the shuttle mission he participated in last October. During the 10-day mission, Sellers logged 19 hours and 41 minutes outside the spacecraft pressure hull in three spacewalks. The crew delivered and installed the third piece of the International Space Station’s 11-piece Integrated Truss Structure, and Piers and a colleague installed a cart to the truss to assist with subsequent spacewalks. The crew also transferred cargo between two vehicles and used the shuttle’s thruster jets to raise the station’s orbit.

Sellers was born in England and has degrees in ecological science and biometeorology. His research focuses on interactions between Earth’s biosphere and atmosphere, computer modeling of climate systems, satellite remote sensing, and energy and carbon dioxide exchanges.

He has been part of NASA’s Johnson Space Center since 1996. He is scheduled for another space station construction mission in 2004.

The presentation, sponsored by NCAR, will be held in the Center Green Auditorium. The Center Green campus is located at the north end of Center Green Drive, just west of Foothills Parkway off Valmont Road in Boulder. Parking is limited and people are encouraged to carpool.

On the Web:

More information about Piers Sellers

Information about Sellers’ October 2002 space mission


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