We are very excited to announce that former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander, Dr. Leroy Chiao, will be giving a talk for parents on Tuesday 12th March at ESC (in the MPR), from 7pm till 8.30pm. Dr. Chiao will be with us throughout the week leading activities with groups of students as part of this year’s STEAM Week (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics). A visit to the secondary campus will also be an opportunity for you to see the huge art project that is planned to take over the Phase 2 Atrium during STEAM Week, as well as some of the other exciting activities we have planned!
If you wish to attend, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and the number of guests.
Dr. Chiao left NASA in December 2005, following a fifteen-year career with the agency. A veteran of four space missions, Dr. Chiao most recently served as Commander and NASA Science Officer of Expedition 10 aboard the International Space Station. He has logged over 229 days in space – over 36 hours of which were spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA, or spacewalks). In 2009, he served on the White House appointed Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council. He holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is an advisor to the Houston Association for Space and Science Education. He has worked in both government and commercial space programs, and has held leadership positions in commercial ventures and NASA. He was the first LSU Raborn Distinguished Chair Professor.
Recently Dr. Chiao discussed his views on the future of space exploration in an article for CNN, read it here.