August 4, 2008

Astronaut Lands at the University of Washington Aug. 4-6

HOUSTON, Aug. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA astronaut Stan Love will return to his alma mater on Aug. 4 for the first time since his mission to the International Space Station in February. During his three-day visit to the University of Washington campus, Love will give a firsthand account of his spaceflight, speak about NASA's future and return items he carried with him in space.

On Monday, Aug. 4, Love begins his visit with an evening lecture reception at Kane Hall. The lecture begins promptly at 6 p.m. in the Walker Ames Room.

Love continues his visit Aug. 5 with a presentation titled "NASA's New Lunar Initiative." It starts at 11 a.m. in the Architecture Building, Room 147, and will be followed by a brief question-and-answer session.

Love concludes his visit Aug. 6 with a presentation to the University of Washington's KEXP radio station, 113 Dexter Ave. During the presentation, Love will present staff members with a CD he carried with him on his mission.

Love received a master's of science degree in 1989 and a doctor of philosophy degree in 1993 from the University of Washington's astronomy department.

Last February, Love completed his first spaceflight when he served as a mission specialist during the STS-122 shuttle mission. On Feb. 20, Love and his crewmates completed their journey after landing safely at Kennedy Space Center, Fla. Love logged 306 hours in space, including 15 hours during two spacewalks.

For more information about these appearances or to schedule an interview, contact Brenda Cabaniss, NASA Astronaut Appearances Office, at 281-244-8860 or Sarah Garner, University of Washington, at 206-543-9590.

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CONTACT: Brenda A. Cabaniss or Rob Lazaro of NASA Johnson Space Center,Houston, +1-281-483-5111

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