Former astronaut to meet Whidbey Radio Operators Saturday

  • Friday, May 18, 2018 1:55pm
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Former NASA Astronaut Heidemarie Stefanyshyn-Piper will talk about her experiences in space at this month’s meeting of the Island County Amateur Radio Club at 9 a.m., May 19, at the WiFire community center, 1651 Main Street, Freeland.

Stefanyshyn-Piper, who achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Navy, became a mission specialist astronaut in 1998 and flew on two shuttle missions in 2006 and 2008 before leaving the space agency in 2009 to return to the Navy. She logged over 27 days in space and completed five spacewalks totaling 33 hours and 42 minutes.

A native of St. Paul, Minn., Stefanyshyn-Piper holds bachelor and master of science degrees in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was for several years a licensed amateur radio operator.

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