UConn Students to Speak With Astronaut Aboard ISS

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    Flight Engineer Rick Mastracchio of NASA will be speaking with students at UConn.

    UConn students will be speaking directly with an astronaut on the International Space Station Friday.

    Rick Mastracchio, a University of Connecticut alum, is one of six astronauts stationed on the ISS and he will take part in a live question and answer session with students from UConn’s School of Engineering at 12:45 p.m. EST Friday, April 18.

    The event will be broadcast live on NASA TV and streamed on the web at http://www.nasa.gov/ntv.

    Mastracchio, a Waterbury, CT native, graduated from UConn in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and computer science. 

    He has been aboard the space station since Nov. 7, 2013 and is scheduled to return to Earth in May.

    He will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the UConn School of Engineering during commencement ceremonies on May 10.