The Las Cruces Space Festival is excited to welcome NASA Astronaut Dr. Donald Pettit to the Festival. A veteran of two long-duration stays aboard the International Space Station, one space shuttle mission and a six-week expedition to find meteorites in Antarctica, Pettit is the oldest active NASA Astronaut. Dr. Pettit will be joining the Festival on Saturday April 13th from 10-12pm, for our ‘Making Space For Everyone’ event on the Plaza de Las Cruces. This will be a great opportunity for attendees to hear him speak about his time in space and participate in a ‘meet and greet’ walkabout
Donald Pettit was selected as a NASA Astronaut in 1996. He has logged more than 370 days in space and over 13 spacewalk hours. He lived on board the International Space Station for over five months during Expedition 6 (2002-2003), was a member of STS-126 crew (2008) and lived a further six and a half months on board the ISS as part of Expedition 30/31 crew (2011-2012). Dr. Pettit has orbited the Earth more than 3,000 times!
Donald Pettit began his career as a staff scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. His projects included experiments in reduced gravity fluid flow and materials processing. During his time on the International Space Station, Dr. Pettit used his experience from New Mexico to perform a series of physics experiments for the production of “Science Off The Sphere“. The video series is designed to inspire and educate the next generation of scientists and explorers through demonstrating the unique properties of fluids and materials in microgravity.
Las Cruces Space Festival Director, Jonathan Firth, said “Dr. Pettit’s drive to inspire, educate and entertain our youth is right in line with our objective for the ‘Making Space For Everyone’ event and for the Space Festival overall. We are delighted that NASA is supporting this appearance, and we are very much looking forward to Dr. Pettit’s appearance.”