Alumni Association to host event at Johnson Space Center

January 17, 2011

The Penn State Alumni Association will hold a City Lights event March 26 at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

The event, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will allow Jim Pawelczyk, astronaut and associate professor of physiology and kinesiology, to lead a tour of the Spacelab training module -- an exact replica of the one in which he traveled to space -- before his program, titled "To infinity and beyond: Defining the human limits of space exploration." His presentation will discuss some of the technical and scientific hurdles that need to be overcome in order to allow human planetary exploration.

Pawelczyk is one of Penn State's four astronaut alumni and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at the University. In 1998, he flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia as a payload specialist for the Neurolab space shuttle mission. He logged 16 days and 6.4 million miles in space, circling the earth 256 times and conducting neuroscience experiments.

City Lights events held by the Penn State Alumni Association are a series of cultural and educational programs designed for alumni and friends in key metropolitan areas. Six programs are scheduled for 2011.

The cost of the event is $25 for Alumni Association members, $40 for nonmembers and $15 for children ages 6 to 18. The fee includes admission, continental breakfast, lunch, the tour and the program. Registration can be done at online.

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Last Updated January 19, 2011