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NASA Astronaut to Speak at Hartnell College

April 14th, 2008

Astronaut Dr. Jim Newman will speak to the public at 2 p.m. in the main stage theatre at Hartnell College on Saturday, April 26, at 2 p.m. His talk is the keynote event of Hartnell’s second annual Family Science & Health Day.

Dr. Newman is a veteran of four space flights for NASA, spending more than 43 days in space, including six spacewalks. He currently serves as NASA visiting professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey.

Dr. Newman earned his bachelor of arts degree in physics from Dartmouth College and his master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from Rice University in Houston.

Dr. Newman began astronaut training in July 1990. He has worked in the space shuttle program and has worked on the International Space Station in Russia. He was a mission specialist on four space shuttle crews: STS-51 Discovery, STS-69 Endeavour, STS-88 Endeavour, and STS-109 Columbia.

Beginning at 11 a.m. previews of the film “Astronaut” will be showing in the Planetarium prior to Dr. Newman’s talk. This short film shown on a 360-degree full dome allows the audience to experience a rocket launch from inside the body of an astronaut, float around the International Space Station, and maneuver through microscopic regions of the human body. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Andy Newton, Planetarium director, at 831-755-6803.