Former Astronaut to Visit Friendship Valley Elementary School
Release Date: 11/4/2009 1:42:07 PM
Former NASA astronaut Dr. Donald Thomas will visit Friendship Valley Elementary School on Monday, November 9, 2009. He will meet with students as follows:
8:00 – 8:30 a.m. Kindergarten and Grade 1
8:35 – 9:05 a.m. Grade 2
9:10 – 9:55 a.m. Grade 3
10:00 – 10:45 a.m. Grade 5
10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Grade 4.
Friendship Valley is incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) lessons into the curriculum and is piloting a grade 3 program. Following the presentations to students, Dr. Thomas will join the staff for a luncheon at approximately 12:30 p.m.
Thomas became an astronaut in 1991 and served in the Safety, Operations Development, and Payloads Branches of the Astronaut Office. He is a veteran of four space flights and logged over 1,040 hours in space. He served as a spacecraft communicator and mission specialist on board Space Shuttle missions. He also was Director of Operations for NASA at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, and served as the International Space Station Program Scientist overseeing NASA experiments performed on the International Space Station. He is currently a professor at Towson University.