Thursday, January 12, 2012

Educator Astronaut to Launch to ISS March 29

Florida Today reports that a former Melbourne High School science teacher will launch on March 29 to the International Space Station for a six-month tour of duty.

Following in the steps of Christa McAuliffe and Barbara Morgan, Joe Acaba will be designated an educator astronaut and hopes to have time for teaching lessons while aboard the ISS.

Acaba first flew into space on the STS-119 shuttle mission in March 2009.

He and six crewmates delivered the station’s fourth and final set of massive American solar wings. Acaba also performed two spacewalks during the 13-day mission, which was a sprint from launch to landing. Consequently, he didn’t have any time to teach lessons to students from outer space.

“With the shuttle flight, it was really short and really packed, so we didn’t have much time to do education stuff,” Acaba said in a separate news conference Wednesday.

“But, hopefully, now that I’ll be living up there for a longer period of time, there will be more opportunities to do some education component.”

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