Audience with an Astronaut: Meet Dr. Leroy Chiao

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Saturday, April 6, 2013 -
11:00am to 4:30pm

Former NASA astronaut and Space Foundation Special Advisor-Human Spaceflight Dr. Leroy Chiao will meet visitors and sign photos at the Space Foundation Visitors Center during an Audience with an Astronaut program. Chiao will talk about his experiences as a Space Shuttle astronaut and as a resident of the International Space Station (ISS).

There will be three sessions on April 6:

  • 11:00 - Noon
  • 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

All sessions are included in the price of admission to the Space Foundation Visitors Center. For more details and pricing, visit

 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, 4425 Arrowswest Dr., Colorado Springs, Colo.