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NASA astronaut to visit northeast
Published on 21 Aug. 2009 11:45 PM IST
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NASA astronaut Edward Michael Mike Fincke will visit North-east in the first week of September. Fincke, who is married to an Assamese fellow engineer, is scheduled to interact with students and teachers over several topics at Guwahati and Shillong, Bidyananda Barkakoty of ‘’Friends of Assam and Seven Sisters’’ (FASS), the group organising the trip, informed here on Friday. According to UNI report, the astronaut will be accompanied by his wife and Assams daughter Renita Saikia and their three children, he added. Fincke had earlier also interacted with students of four educational institutions of NE through live talks last year. He is a colonel in the US Air Force and a veteran of two long duration missions at abroad in the International Space Station (ISS). He served as the NASA science officer and flight engineer on Expedition 9 and spent six months aboard in the ISS. He was even the commander for Expedition 18 and spent six months (October 12, 2008, to April eight, 2009) aboard the ISS. Colonel Fincke spent a total of 365 days, 21 hours and 32 minutes in space. He is selected by NASA to go to space again for the third time in 2010 and this time he will go as a mission specialist.

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