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Northern Virginia Community College to Host Astronaut Andrew Feustel for an Inspiring Behind-the-Scenes Perspective

Andrew Feustel, Astronaut

ALEXANDRIA, VA (April 29, 2019) – Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is hosting NASA Astronaut Andrew Feustel on Monday, May 6 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The presentation is taking place at the Alexandria Campus, Center for Design, Media and the Arts Building located at 3301 Netherton Drive, Alexandria, VA 22311. The event is free and open to the public.

Don't miss this distinct opportunity to hear directly from Dr. Feustel about his impressive career and experiences as an astronaut. Dr. Feustel was selected by NASA in 2000 and is a veteran of three spaceflights. After his Space Shuttle mission in 2009 and in 2011, Dr. Fuestel served as Commander of the International Space Station (ISS) from June to October 2018. He is still an active astronaut.  

In 2009, Dr. Feustel served on STS-125. That mission launched on Atlantis and was the fifth and final mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope that improved the observatory’s capabilities through 2014. Dr. Feustel also served on STS-134, launching on Endeavour to deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and an ExPress Logistics Carrier to the International Space Station. Most recently, he served as Commander on the International Space Station for Expedition 55 and 56.

Over the course of his six month stay aboard the space station, Dr. Feustel and his crew conducted close to 300 experiments supporting research and ongoing investigations that provide insight in to human adaptation to long duration exposure to microgravity. This research will help the nation’s space program as we build a sustainable presence on the Moon and make that next giant leap on to Mars. 

Dr. Feustel logged 197 days in space during Expeditions 55 and 56. He has spent a total of 226 days in space on his three flights.

Dr. Feustel knows the value of a community college education having started his academic career at Oakland Community College where he earned an associate degree. A Lake Orion, Michigan, native, he went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Solid Earth Sciences and a Master of Science in Geophysics, from Purdue University. He then earned a Ph.D. in the Geological Sciences, specializing in Seismology from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

To learn more about Astronaut Andrew Feustel, please click here.  

Story Contact: Marc Henderson | mhenderson@nvcc.edu


Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) is the largest public institution of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls nearly 80,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield (Medical Education Campus) and Woodbridge, through NOVA Online and high school dual enrollment. We offer more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs to help our students reach their academic and professional goals through university transfers and access to the most in-demand careers. At NOVA, we strive to ensure that every student succeeds, every program achieves and every community prospers. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, visit our website, www.nvcc.eduor call 703.323.3000.