Meet Astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao
Former NASA astronaut and Space Foundation Special Advisor-Human Spaceflight Dr. Leroy Chiao will meet visitors and sign photos on our first official public day at the Space Foundation Visitors Center.
Chiao Flew Three Space Shuttle Missions and One Soyuz Mission; Spent Six Months on the International Space Station
Educated as an engineer, Chiao works in business and academia. He is also a consultant, speaker and former NASA astronaut. Chiao grew up in Danville, Calif., and earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in chemical engineering from the University of California at Santa Barbara. A native English speaker, he also speaks Mandarin Chinese and Russian. He has flown three Space Shuttle missions: STS-92 Discovery, Oct. 11-24, 2000; STS-72 Endeavour, Jan. 11-20, 1996; and STS-65 Columbia, July 8-23, 1994. In addition, he flew as Flight Engineer 1 aboard Soyuz TMA-5 to the International Space Station (ISS), where he spent six months onboard as commander and NASA science officer for Expedition 10. Chiao received the NASA Distinguished Service Medal in 2004. After a 15-year career with NASA, he left in 2005 to work and consult on a number of projects. In 2009, he served as a member of the Review of United States Human Space Flight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council and as the Space Foundation's Special Advisor - Human Spaceflight. He holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is involved in educational programs. An instrument-rated pilot, Chiao has logged over 2,900 flight hours in a variety of aircraft.
Space Foundation Visitors Center Opens Oct. 9
Beginning Oct. 9, the Space Foundation Visitors Center located within the Space Foundation world headquarters will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and the first Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The interactive, museum-quality destination advances science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the exciting context of space exploration, development and utilization. The first phase of the Visitors Center includes two components: the Northrop Grumman Science Center and the El Pomar Space Gallery.
$4 Seniors (65+)
$4 Students (18+ w/stud. ID)
$2 Children (4-17)
Children 3 and under - free
Military - free with photo ID
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