Aggie astronaut Mike Fossum talks to Aggie engineering students from space

Aggie astronaut Mike Fossum talking to students from space

Aggie astronaut Mike Fossum, a 1980 mechanical engineering graduate, spoke to a standing-room only crowd of Texas A&M engineering and physics students from the International Space Station during a live chat on the campus Oct. 28.

Fossum, who was proudly wearing his Aggie Ring and an Aggie T-shirt, addressed the crowd of more than 200 people. He spent 30 minutes answering questions and provided some insight into what life is like aboard the space station, how his experience at A&M has helped him in his career, and also shared his thoughts on the Aggies impending move to the Southeastern Conference.

Fossum is the commander of Expedition 29 aboard the space station and launched to the station in June. He is set to return to Earth this month.

His previous space flight experience includes the shuttle missions STS-121in 2006, which was a return-to-flight test mission and assembly flight to the space station, and STS-124 aboard Discovery in 2008, which was the 123rd space shuttle flight and then 26th shuttle flight to the space station.

He began his career at NASA in 1993 as a system engineer and was selected as an astronaut in 1998.

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