Surrounded by scores of students, NASA astronaut Mike Fossum was in his element as he explained his experiences as a member of the crew on two space shuttle missions and two expeditions on the International Space Station at Branch Elementary School on Edwards Air Force Base. › View Larger Image
NASA astronaut Mike Fossum found an interested and inquisitive audience when he shared his experiences – and a few funny stories – about his life on the International Space Station with students at Irving L. Branch Elementary School on Edwards Air Force Base Feb. 21.
Fossum, 54, told several hundred children about his two lengthy stays on the space station as a flight engineer with the Expedition 28 crew and then as commander of the station during Expedition 29 over a five-month period from June 9 to Nov. 21, 2011.
Fossum reiterated many of his stories about his time on the space station as well as two previous space shuttle missions – STS-121 in 2006 and STE-124 in 2008, both aboard Discovery – during a later presentation to employees at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center.
Fossum performed three extra-vehicular activity (EVA) sessions – or spacewalks – during each of his two shuttle missions, and a seventh EVA outside the space station during his 165-day stint aboard the orbiting laboratory in 2011, amassing a career total of 48 hours, 32 minutes of EVA time.
|NASA astronaut Mike Fossum shared stories about his two space shuttle missions and five months aboard the International Space Station with employees of NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center. (Click on the images for larger photos)|