IN SPACE - AUGUST 15: In this handout photo provided by NASA, Astronaut Rick Mastracchio, STS-118 mission specialist, participates in the mission's third planned session of extravehicular activity (EVA) as construction and maintenance continue on the International Space Station August 15, 2007 in Space. During the 5-hour, 28-minute spacewalk, Mastracchio and astronaut Clay Anderson (out of frame), Expedition 15 flight engineer, relocated the S-Band Antenna Sub-Assembly from Port 6 (P6) to Port 1 (P1) truss, installed a new transponder on P1 and retrieved the P6 transponder. (Photo by NASA via Getty Images)
This is what Connecticut looks like from space!
Astronaut Rick Mastracchio, a Waterbury native, Tweeted it from the International Space Station yesterday afternoon.
Mastracchio began his space mission on November 6 when he launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the ISS.
The Waterbury schools graduate, has been providing mission updates to Waterbury school students through geocaching.com as part of a joint-effort to increase student awareness about NASA and the ISS.
Hey Connecticut (& RI) - I just flew over! Looks like nice weather. pic.twitter.com/s0wruJWHcl
— Rick Mastracchio (@AstroRM) November 13, 2013
Mastracchio graduated from Crosby High School in Waterbury in 1978, and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Connecticut in 1982.
He is currently serving as flight engineer aboard the ISS, but is already a veteran of three spaceflights, and logged nearly 40 days in space, according to his profile on NASA’s website.
You can follow Mastracchio on his space mission through his twitter account, @AstroRM