The International Space Station (ISS) is one of the most ambitious international collaborations ever, not to mention the largest space station ever constructed.
Relive the journey of Expedition 65 and Crew-2 with the mission’s astronauts at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, only at Space Center Houston. This is a free event, but seating is limited. Tickets must be presented at the door for entry.
Hear from Crew-2 astronauts Akihiko Hoshide, Shane Kimbrough, Megan McArthur, and Thomas Pesquet.
Hoshide joined the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA, currently Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)) in 1992. In 2001, Hoshide became a certified astronaut. He is a veteran of three spaceflights, including STS-124 (1J) (2008), Expedition 32/33 (2012), and most recently NASA’s SpaceX Crew-2 mission. During his most recent long duration spaceflight Hoshide served as a Crew-2 Mission Specialist, and once onboard the ISS, served as the Expedition 65 Commander and Expedition 66 Flight Engineer. Hoshide received his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Keio University in Japan and earned his Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Cullen College of Engineering at the University of Houston.
Kimbrough, a designated Army aviator, was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 2004. He is a veteran of three spaceflights, including STS-126 (2008), Expedition 49/50 (2016), and most recently the Crew-2 mission, serving as the Crew-2 Spacecraft Commander and an Expedition 65/66 Flight Engineer onboard the ISS. According to his NASA bio, Kimbrough has logged a total of 388 days in space and is only the fourth person to fly on three different spacecraft. Kimbrough holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
McArthur was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 2000. She has now completed two spaceflight missions. Her first was STS-125, the final Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission in 2009. Her most recent trip to space was as the pilot of the Crew-2 flight, serving as a Flight Engineer for Expeditions 65 and 66 on station. McArthur has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, and earned her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of California, San Diego.
Pesquet was selected as an astronaut by the European Space Agency (ESA) in 2009. He has completed two long duration spaceflights, the first for Expedition 50/51 (2016-2017), and the second as a Mission Specialist for the Crew-2 mission, serving as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 65 and the Commander for Expedition 66 onboard the ISS. Pesquet is a graduate of the highly competitive preparatory classes at the Lycée Pierre-Corneille in Rouen, France. He also holds a master’s degree, majoring in spacecraft design and control, from the École Nationale Supérieure de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, France.
Don’t miss this inspiring evening celebrating these space explorers.