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Meet NASA Astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao at the Space Foundation Discovery Center

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (July 14, 2015) – Former NASA astronaut and commander of the International Space Station (ISS), Dr. Leroy Chiao, will be visiting the Space Foundation Discovery Center July 16 through 18. Chiao, the Space Foundation’s special advisor – human spaceflight, will be signing autographs, taking photos and inspiring the next generation of astronauts, scientists and engineers.

The public will have opportunities each day to meet Dr. Chiao, get their photo taken with him and get his autograph. While at the Discovery Center, guests can also partake in the Summer of Discovery programming with a space-cation, “Exploring our Universe,” with interactive educational fun for all ages. Autographs and photos, as well as the Audience with an Astronaut™ presentations, are included in regular Discovery Center admission cost. On Saturday, July 18 only, the Space Foundation Discovery Center will be offering buy one child’s admission, get one child’s admission for free.

Thursday, July 16, 2015 – Autographs and photos

·         2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Friday, July 17, 2015 – Autographs and photos

·         11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 – Audience with an Astronaut

·         11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

The Space Foundation Discovery Center is the region’s only space, science and technology attraction, and is located at 4425 Arrowswest Drive in Colorado Springs, just off of Garden of the Gods Road. For more information, please visit, or call the Space Foundation at 719.576.8000.

About Chiao
Based in Houston, Chiao is the Space Foundation’s special advisor – human spaceflight. His Space Shuttle missions include: STS-92 Discovery, Oct. 11-24, 2000; STS-72 Endeavour, Jan. 11-20, 1996; STS-65 Columbia, July 8-23, 1994. In addition, he flew as flight engineer 1 aboard Soyuz TMA-5 to the ISS, where he served as commander and NASA science officer for Expedition 10. He lived on the ISS for more than six months.

About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual
Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It annually publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.