Wake Forest Astronaut Alumnus Lands in Winston-Salem

September 25, 2009

HOUSTON, Sept. 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ –After graduating from Wake Forest University, Dr. Thomas Marshburn pursued a career in medicine that eventually led him from the emergency room to NASA and his first mission to space. In July, he spent almost two weeks aboard the International Space Station helping to expand the orbiting outpost to its full capability for human occupation and science research.

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Wake Forest University will honor its astronaut alumnus Oct. 3 during the Wake Forest versus North Carolina State football game scheduled at 3:30 p.m. at BB&T Field.

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 2, Marshburn will visit SciWorks Science Center and Environmental Park to deliver an education presentation on space exploration and NASA science research and technology that benefits life on Earth.

To schedule an interview or for more information about his appearances, contact Cassandra Miranda at 281-483-8618 or cassandra.v.miranda@nasa.gov.

Marshburn was born in Statesville, N.C. He holds a Bachelor of Science in physics from Davidson College, N.C.; a master’s in engineering physics from the University of Virginia; a doctorate of medicine from Wake Forest University; and a master’s in medical science from the University of Texas Medical Branch. He has worked as an emergency physician in Washington, Texas and Massachusetts.

Marshburn started at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in November 1994 as a flight surgeon. He was selected as an astronaut candidate in 2004.

Marshburn joins a team of astronauts this NCAA football season who are returning to their alma maters to celebrate two NASA milestones: the 10th anniversary of the International Space Station in orbit and the 40th anniversary of the first lunar landing during the Apollo 11 mission.

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