NASA astronaut visits Oct. 27

Oct 10, 2003

One of Flint's native sons -- Lt. Col. Michael J. Bloomfield -- will return to Mid-Michigan when he visits Kettering University on Monday, Oct. 27.

One of Flint's native sons -- Lt. Col. Michael J. Bloomfield -- will return to Mid-Michigan when he visits Kettering University on Monday, Oct. 27. The space shuttle pilot will show videos and be available for questions from the audience during his campus visit in the International Room of the Campus Center.

To register for the event please click on this link: Print the ticket and bring it with you to the event.

"This event is for anyone who is gung ho about space," said Dr. Steve Hallman, who is the master of ceremonies for Lt. Col. Bloomfield's visit. "Lt. Col. Bloomfield has been in space three times, was the commander of the Atlantis during its last flight in 2002 and has logged more than 750 flight hours in outer space."

Lt. Col. Bloomfield's presentation is free and open to the public. It begins at 6 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 27, including a video on the Galileo space craft. The 10-minute video on the Galileo space craft tells the story of its launch, 11-year voyage to Jupiter and its encounters along the way.

At 6:30 p.m., a video on Space Shuttle Atlantis will be shown. It's on the pre-flight, takeoff and solid rocket booster separation of STS 110 Atlantis.

The third video is an "insider's view" from Lt. Col. Bloomfield and his crew, telling the story of the 13th shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station. The "insider's view" includes the launch, achieving orbit, medical experiments, docking with the International Space Station, the delivery and installation of trusses to the space station and the daily maintenance required to live in space. It includes leaving the space station, re-entry and a safe landing at Cape Kennedy in Florida.

At 6:45 p.m., Lt. Col. Bloomfield will discuss his space experiences and at 7:30 p.m., he will offer a tribute to his lost colleagues on the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Challenger. At 7:45 p.m., the audience will be offered an opportunity to ask questions of the astronaut.

Lt. Col. Bloomfield was born in Flint on March 16, 1959, and graduated from Lake Fenton High School in 1977. His parents, Rodger and Maxine Bloomfield, reside in Linden, Mich. Rodger Bloomfield is a graduate of Kettering/GMI.

Lt. Col. Bloomfield graduated from the United States Air Force Academy in 1981 and completed undergraduate pilot training at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma in 1983.

In 1994, he was selected by NASA and reported to the Johnson Space Center in 1995. He is a qualified space shuttle pilot. He is a veteran of three space flights and has logged more than 750 hours in space. His space flight experiences include flights on the Atlantis in 1997, the Endeavour in 2000, and the Atlantis in 2002 and missions to the International Space Station. He is currently a shuttle commander for NASA.

The event is sponsored by Kettering's IMEB Department. For more information, call Kettering at 810-762-9742.

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Written by Patricia Mroczek
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