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Astronaut to land at DU

Astronaut Kjell Lindgren will visit DU on Sept. 26.

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren will visit with students and deliver a presentation in the Boettcher Center auditorium from 3:30–5 p.m. Sept. 26 as part of the agency’s traveling “Destination: Station” program.

Lindgren was selected in June 2009 as one of 14 members of the 20th NASA astronaut class. He recently graduated from astronaut candidate training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in International Space Station systems, extravehicular activity, robotics, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training.

Lindgren, a medical doctor, graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1995 with a degree in biology and minor in Mandarin Chinese. He earned his master’s degree in cardiovascular physiology from Colorado State University in 1996, and graduated as a medical doctor from the University of Colorado in 2002. Lindgren also is a former member of the “Wings of Blue” parachute team, where he served as an instructor, a jumpmaster and a member of the Air Force Academy’s intercollegiate national championship team.

NASA’s keystone event for the Colorado tour is the “Destination: Station” exhibit, on display at Denver’s Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum. The interactive display is open through Oct. 28. In conjunction with the exhibit, NASA is hosting a variety of events across Colorado, including visits to the University of Colorado, Metropolitan State College, Colorado State University and area museums.

The event is free and open to the public.



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