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October 21, 2011
RELEASE J011-025
NASA Hosts Special Event With Expedition 27 Astronaut Ron Garan

HOUSTON – After living aboard the International Space Station for more than five months, NASA astronaut Ron Garan will relive his spaceflight experience for the public, friends and co-workers at 6:30 p.m. CDT on Oct. 28 at Space Center Houston.

Garan will give a multi-media presentation of his recent stay on the orbiting laboratory. The presentation in the Northrop Grumman Theater will include an awards ceremony, video, photos and a Q-and-A session, followed by a brief autograph opportunity.

Garan and his fellow Expeditions 27 and 28 crewmembers, Russian cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev, launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on April 4, 2011. The crew returned to Earth on Sept. 16 after spending 164 days in space.

The crew's goals were to continue research into the effects of microgravity on the human body, biology, physics and materials and to prepare for the arrival of the last two space shuttles to ever visit the space station, STS-134 and STS-135. STS-134 also marked the arrival of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2.

Garan has logged 178 days in space including more than 27 hours of extravehicular activity during four spacewalks. Garan is a retired colonel in the U.S. Air Force and has degrees from the SUNY College at Oneonta, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of Florida.

For more about expeditions to the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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Brenda Cabaniss
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-244-8860

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