What & Who: International Space Station astronaut Greg Chamitoff, who completed a six-month stay in space last year, will visit NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., April 1. Chamitoff returned to Earth on Nov. 30, 2008, with the STS-126 mission space shuttle crew. He arrived at the International Space Station in June 2008, and lived and worked on the station as a flight engineer and science officer with the Expedition 17 and 18 crews.
During his stay, Chamitoff helped to activate the Kibo Laboratory, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s research module. He also initiated the first public chess match from space. Chamitoff competed in a game against a kindergarten through third grade U.S. Chess Championship Team from Stevenson Elementary School in Bellevue, Wash.
When & Where: Wednesday, April 1
1:15 p.m. CDT – Astronaut Greg Chamitoff will provide highlights of his six-month stay on the International Space Station in the Marshall Center’s Huntsville Operations Support Center, Building 4663, conference room A-164.
2:25 p.m. – Chamitoff will be available for a brief question-and-answer session with news media in the Building 4663 Payload Operations Center Viewing Room.
To attend: News media interested in covering the event should contact the Marshall Public & Employee Communications Office at 256-544-0034 no later than 4 p.m., Tuesday, March 31. Media must report to the Redstone Arsenal Joint Visitor Control Center at Gate 9, Interstate 565 interchange at Rideout Road/Research Park Boulevard. Vehicles are subject to a security search at the gate. News media will need two photo identifications and proof of car insurance. Visitor parking is available in front of Building 4200 on the southwest side.
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