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An Astronomical Guest Speaker

Yesterday, October 24, 2022, Dr. Tom Marshburn shared his experience as an active NASA astronaut during a special All-School Meeting. Dr. Marshburn is a veteran of three spaceflights, serving as the pilot of the NASA SpaceX Crew-3 mission to the International Space Station, which launched in November 2021. During this mission, the international crew spent 177 days in orbit, and he acted as a flight engineer and commander. Prior to becoming an astronaut, Dr. Marshburn served as a Flight Surgeon and Medical Operations Lead for the International Space Station. 

During his presentation, Dr. Marshburn spoke alongside a slideshow of poignant pictures and videos from his career. Laughter filled Hoyt Hall as students watched a tortilla float through the air from one astronaut to another. Moments later, there was a tense feeling of excitement and wonder as students watched the astronauts walk through space. After an equally entertaining and educational speech, Dr. Marshburn opened the floor for questions from the audience.

There were questions like, “What space movie is the most realistic”” and, “How do you sleep?” One student wanted to learn more about the studies they led in space, like how the atmosphere can affect the astronauts’ eyes. Another wanted to know how political tensions were dealt with when working with international crew members. One of the very last questions of the event— “When will a teenager be able to go to space?”

Special thanks to Trustee Emeritus Paul Murphy and his wife Gia for making this visit possible. Read Dr. Marshburn’s full biography and learn more about NASA astronauts here.