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April 11, 2012
RELEASE JA12-003
NASA Astronaut to Speak at International Aviation Symposium

HOUSTON - NASA astronaut Randolph Bresnik will deliver the keynote address at the 46th International Aviation Snow Symposium luncheon on Tuesday, April 17, at the Niagara Convention Center, 153 Franklin St. in Buffalo, N.Y. The luncheon begins at 11:30 a.m. EDT and is open to news media.

Bresnik has logged more than 5,000 hours in 80 types of aircraft. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from The Citadel in 1989, and later a Master of Science in aviation systems from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville in 2002. He is the first graduate of The Citadel to have the opportunity to fly in space.

Bresnik was selected by NASA in May 2004. He was one of two pilots chosen in the Astronaut Class of 2004. In November 2009, he flew as a mission specialist on the space shuttle Atlantis to the International Space Station. He participated in the second and third spacewalks of the STS-129 mission. His two spacewalks totaled more than 11 hours. The mission was completed in 10 days, 19 hours, 16 minutes and 13 seconds, traveling 4.5 million miles.

The purpose of the International Aviation Snow Symposium is to foster innovative ideas that address technological challenges facing aviation and the U.S. air transportation system. Topics of discussion include advanced communications and weather reporting systems as well as environmental and security measures. In recent years, as many as 800 participants have attended the conference from countries around the world. The organization is composed of members from government agencies, airports and manufacturing industries.

For more about the International Aviation Snow Symposium, visit:

http://www.snowsymposium.org

For information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov

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Dana Davis
Johnson Space Center, Houston
281-244-0933

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