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Meet an Astronaut- Maryland Native RIcky Arnold

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Start Date of Event: 10/21/2020

Event Times: 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Meet Ricky Arnold, Astronaut and graduate of Bowie High School. Selected as a Mission Specialist by NASA in May 2004. In February 2006 he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and space station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training, and water and wilderness survival training.
​STS-119 Discovery (March 15-28, 2009) was the 125th shuttle flight, the 36th flight of Discovery and the 28th shuttle flight to the space station. The primary objective of this flight was to deliver the final pair of power-generating solar array wings and a truss element to the station. The mission also delivered and returned with an expedition crew member. During this mission, Arnold accumulated 12 hours and 34 minutes during 2 spacewalks. Discovery landed at Kennedy Space Center, Florida, having traveled 202 orbits and 5.3 million miles in 12 days 19 hours and 29 minutes.
Expedition 55/56 (March 21 through October 4, 2018). The crew launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome aboard Soyuz spacecraft. Arnold, who served as Flight Engineer, was joined by Astronaut Drew Feustel and Russian Cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev. Arnold saw the arrival and departure of 6 visiting vehicles, participated in dozens of educational downlink events and ventured outside the space station on three spacewalks to perform maintenance and upgrades. Arnold's three spacewalks totaled 19 hour and 30 minutes; he now has conducted 5 spacewalks in his career with a total of 32 hours and 4 minutes.  Ricky Arnold logged in 197 days in space during Expeditions 55 and 56 and will have totaled 209 days in space on his two flights.

Event Category:
Earth and Space Science

Best for: All

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Organization: Maryland STEM Festival
Contact Name: Phil Rogofsky
Phone: 4106271074
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Event Location

County: Statewide (Maryland)

Event Address
Online, MD  21044

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Is event free?  Yes 

Registration Information: The event will be streamed on our Facebook page,







Category: Earth and Space Science
County: Statewide (Maryland)
Best For: All
Start Date: 2020-10-21

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