Steamboat astronaut Steve Swanson to be featured Tuesday in live TV interview aboard space station
April 28, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Fresh off of a spacewalk more than 200 miles above the Earth, Steamboat Springs astronaut Steve Swanson will take some time Tuesday afternoon to do a live television interview with Colorado State University students.
Swanson’s talk aboard the International Space Station will be broadcast live on NASA Television starting at 2:45 p.m. local time.
Watch the interview when it airs here.
According to a news release from the university, Swanson will field questions from students and demonstrate some of the equipment he used on the recent spacewalk.
Last week, Swanson and fellow American astronaut Rick Mastracchio spent about an hour and a half replacing an old backup computer on the outside of the International Space Station.
NASA called the spacewalk, which was completed an hour ahead of schedule, quick and clean.
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The spacewalk was just one of several highlights of Swanson’s mission so far.
He and the other astronauts he launched with March 25 spent an extra two days aboard a Soyuz TMA-12M spacecraft after a glitch caused the spacecraft to miss a planned engine burn.
While on the station and outside of it, Swanson has gained some fame by taking memorable “selfies” with Earth as a backdrop and then quickly posting them to social media.
Swanson is now one month into what is expected to be a six-month mission aboard the Space Station.
Before he left, Swanson talked to the Steamboat Today about some of the experiments he would be helping to conduct in the station, including trying to learn more about the physical impacts of microgravity on humans.
He said he and other astronauts are sort of guinea pigs in these experiments, which could have implications on future space exploration and longer missions.
He said a lot of the work being done on the station also has benefits back here on Earth.
For example, he said countries have been able to make new portable machines that can help recycle and filter water with the help of NASA technicians.
"The science we’re doing has so many benefits that come back to Earth," Swanson said.