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Astronaut to Discuss His Space Flights at Hartnell College

September 20th, 2006

James Newman, a U.S. astronaut who has logged more than 43 days in space, will speak at Hartnell College on Friday, Sept. 29.

His talk, "Reflections on Space Flight," will begin at 11 a.m. in room 22 of Merrill Hall. The event - sponsored by Hartnell's Division of Math, Science and Health Professions - is free and open to the public.

During his daylong visit to Hartnell, Newman also will speak to Hartnell science classes and meet with students and faculty.

Newman, 49, who holds a doctorate in physics from Rice University, did an additional year of post-doctoral work at Rice before going to work at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Johnson Space Center.

Five years later he began astronaut training. During his four space flights from 1993 to 2002, Newman made six spacewalks totaling 43 hours and 13 minutes.

As of March of this year, he has been assigned to the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey as a NASA visiting professor.

For more information on Newman's visit, contact Kathleen Schrader, dean of math, science and health professions, at (831) 755-6875.