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NJSPN’s NJ STEM Month Kickoff Meeting: Blast into NJ STEM Month
February 26 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Blast into NJ STEM Month on February 26 with our guest speaker, retired NASA astronaut Steven R. Swanson, PH.D. Swanson joined NASA as a systems engineer and a flight engineer in the Aircraft Operations Division of NASA’s Johnson Space Center working on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). The STA is a complex airborne shuttle simulator, which models the flight characteristics of the space shuttle from 35,000 ft. to main gear touchdown. In May of 1998, Swanson was selected as mission specialist by NASA and started training in August of 1998. During his NASA career, Swanson has completed five spacewalks totaling 28 hours, 5minutes and accumulated 195 days, 15 hours, 41 minutes in space. He also has over 2800 hours of aircraft flight time and has received NASA’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal.
Learn more about Swanson’s NASA experiences as he shares some personal career anecdotes and speaks about the importance of STEM.