Living and Working in Space with Don Thomas
On Friday, May 4, meet astronaut Don Thomas and learn about living and working in space. He is an author and public speaker who is actively engaged in inspiring our next generation of engineers, scientists, and explorers. This speaker series is presented by the Las Vegas Science & Technology Festival and the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District. This event has free admission, but you do need a ticket to attend. Dr. Thomas was selected in NASA's 13th group of astronauts and flew as a mission specialist on four space shuttle missions: STS-65, STS-70, STS-83, and STS-94. During the four missions, he performed hundreds of microgravity science experiments and helped deploy a large communications satellite from the space shuttle. He spent a total of 44 days in space and has completed 692 orbits of the Earth. Dr. Thomas continued his career by working as the NASA Director of Operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia (1999 - 2000) coordinating the training of NASA astronauts for missions aboard the International Space Station, and as the International Space Station Program Scientist (2003 - 2006) where he was responsible for the selection and scheduling of experiments to be performed aboard the ISS. Dr. Thomas worked at Towson University in Maryland as the founding director of the Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science, an outreach program that targets elementary, middle, and high school students to encourage them to pursue careers in math, science, and engineering.