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Selected by NASA in January 1990, Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in July 1991. Dr. Thomas has served in the Safety, Operations Development, and Payloads Branches of the Astronaut Office. He was CAPCOM (spacecraft communicator) for Shuttle missions STS-47, 52 and 53. From July 1999 to June 2000 he was Director of Operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. A veteran of four space flights, STS-65, STS-70, STS-83 and STS-94, he has logged over 1,040 hours in space as a Mission Specialist.
Michelle Lucas spent 10+ years working at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. First as part of the International Space Station (ISS) Payload Safety Review Panel (PSRP) and then in the Mission Operations Directorate as a Flight Controller in ISS Mission Control and as an Astronaut Instructor in the ISS Daily Operations Group. Additionally, she worked with each of the International Partners (European Space Agency – ESA, Japanese Space Agency – JAXA, and the Russian Space Agency) in the field of Daily Operations, Flight Controller, and Instructor Training. Michelle was part of the Core NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operations (NEEMO) team for 9 missions where astronauts would carry out analog space missions underwater in the Aquarius habitat. Along the way, Michelle found she has a passion for launching the next generation’s dreams and ambitions. Her passion for inspiring students led to extensive work with other organizations in STEM outreach so she founded the non-profit Higher Orbits to use space to excite and inspire students about STEM, Leadership, Teamwork, and Communication. Michelle is proud to be a Space Camp Alum, AIAA Associate Fellow, and member of the Space Camp Hall of Fame. She believes that collaboration in space and STEM is the key to the stars! Space Inspires!
Steven Collicott is a professor in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Indiana’s own Purdue University since 1991. At Purdue he teaches and does research in zero-gravity flight experiments and computer modeling of zero-gravity control of liquids and gasses. One example of this modeling work is helping to determine how much rocket fuel remains in the fuel tank of a satellite 23,000miles up and that was launched 15 years ago. Since 1996 he has helped Purdue aerospace engineering student fly experiments in weightlessness, or zero-gravity, in parabolas, a special type of aircraft flight, that gives us zero-gravity 25 seconds at a time. In 2006 NASA launched an experiment he designed to the International Space Station and then he helped, from the ground, the astronauts operate the experiment in orbit. Recently he has started flying experiments on Blue Origin’s sub-orbital New Shepard rocket and in December he was selected by NASA as the first professor to fly with an experiment to space and back in the sub-orbital Virgin Galactic rocket.
Danielle Rosales is the Corporate Relations Manager at Space Tango where she is responsible for the strategic and tactical implementation of branding, advertising, and promotional collateral while launching robust initiatives in public and media relations. Danielle embraces the integration of multiple industries within the space sector as she focuses on identifying and transforming messaging gaps into communication opportunities. She also uses her experience in graphic design to develop eye-catching digital and print content. Danielle maintains a bridge between internal and external stakeholders to establish a shared comprehension that permits a shift from R&D to sustainable manufacturing in low-Earth orbit. Through these partnerships, Danielle also designs the official Space Tango mission patches. While completing her Bachelor of Science in Communication at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Danielle published articles with Air & Space Magazine highlighting the valuable role academic research has in advancing space discovery and exploration efforts. She also has a Master of Science in Space Systems Operations Management from Webster University with an emphasis in acquisitions and program management. During the completion of this degree, Danielle gained real-world experience in mission management procedures, engineering management, and technical communications for internal and external stakeholders. Danielle is on the Industry Advisory Board for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach College
Richard Boling, is vice president of Floyd County’s Techshot, which develops, owns and operates space research and manufacturing equipment. Since 1988, the company’s payloads have flown aboard parabolic flight aircraft, sub-orbital rockets, space shuttles, Northrop Grumman Cygnus cargo vehicles, SpaceX Dragon cargo and crew vehicles, and the International Space station. Last November, Techshot was acquired by Redwire Corporation, a space infrastructure company. A graduate of New Albany High School and Indiana University Southeast, Boling joined the company more than 20 years ago.
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