Space Chat Do-Over: 4:55 p.m., MONDAY, APRIL 22!

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Technical difficulties have never kept NASA down for long, and the good folks in Houston were gracious and quick to reschedule last Friday’s event after a glitch prevented astronaut Tom Marshburn ’82 from hearing his fellow Davidsonians assembled in ye olde 900 Room. We’re on for this coming Monday afternoon!

Astronaut Tom Marshburn ’82

Davidson College will host a live NASA downlink from the International Space Station (ISS) between 4:15 and 5:30 p.m., Monday, April 22, in the C. Shaw Smith 900 Room of the Alvarez College Union. This is rescheduled from a previous event that had technical difficulties. Attendees will have the opportunity to question alumnus Astronaut Thomas Marshburn, M.D. ’82, about his experiences aboard the ISS, 230 miles above Earth.

The event is free and open to the public but seating is limited. Doors will close at 4:45 p.m. and the half-hour question and answer session will begin at approximately 4:55 p.m. The session will be simulcast to an overflow area outside of the 900 Room as well as online at

Marshburn is currently on his second space flight. He completed his first flight in July 2009 on Space Shuttle Endeavour. Just three-and-a-half months ago he launched again aboard Soyuz TMA-07M from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He is serving as flight engineer for Expedition 35, and will return to Earth in May.

Marshburn also served as a flight surgeon at Johnson Space Center, co-chair of medical operations for the Shuttle/Mir Space Program, NASA representative to the Harvard/MIT Smart Medical Systems Team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and lead flight surgeon and medical operations lead for Expedition 7 to the ISS.

Marshburn earned a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College as a physics major, and earned master’s degrees from the University of Virginia and University of Texas Medical Branch, and his medical degree from Wake Forest University.

Davidson is a highly selective independent liberal arts college for 1,900 students located 20 minutes north of Charlotte in Davidson, N.C. Since its establishment in 1837 by Presbyterians, the college has graduated 23 Rhodes Scholars and is consistently regarded as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country. Through The Davidson Trust, the college became the first liberal arts institution in the nation to replace loans with grants in all financial aid packages, giving all students the opportunity to graduate debt-free. Davidson competes in NCAA athletics at the Division I level, and a longstanding Honor Code is central to student life at the college.



NASA homepage

Expedition 35 Mission Summary

Current and archival Marshburn coverage on Daybook Davidson

Marshburn article in Davidson Journal



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