UCAR News Release
Astronaut to Speak at NCAR about Life in Space
BOULDER — Astronaut Edward Lu will give a public talk at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) to share his experiences in outer space. During his multimedia presentation, "Life on the International Space Station," Lu will cover the day-to-day life of an astronaut. He will describe maintaining and conducting experiments at the station and landing on the Russian Soyuz spacecraft.
The presentation, sponsored by NCAR, will be held on Monday, April 5, at 1:00 p.m., in the Center Green Auditorium. NCAR’s Center Green campus is located at the north end of Center Green Drive, just west of Foothills Parkway off Valmont Road in Boulder.
A research physicist who concentrates on solar physics and astrophysics, Lu has published articles on solar flares, cosmology, solar oscillations, statistical mechanics, and plasma physics. He is especially known for developing new theories on the underlying physics of solar flares.
After obtaining a doctorate in applied physics from Stanford University in 1989, Lu spent four years at NCAR’s High Altitude Observatory as a visiting scientist. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Astronomy in Honolulu until 1994, when NASA selected him for training as a mission specialist. Since then, he has flown on three missions and logged over 204 days in space, including a six-hour spacewalk. He has also served as lead astronaut for shuttle and space station training and has worked in NASA’s astronaut computer support branch.Lu was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, and attended high school in Webster, New York. He holds a commercial pilot certificate with instrument and multi-engine ratings. He enjoys acrobatic flying, piano, tennis, surfing, skiing, and coaching wrestling.