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May 29, 2012
RELEASE JA12-014
NASA Astronaut Hams It Up In Oregon

HOUSTON – NASA astronaut Michael Barratt, a veteran of a long-duration mission to the International Space Station and the last mission of space shuttle Discovery, will be the featured speaker at the Sea-Pac Northwest Amateur Radio Convention banquet on June 2.

Sea-Pac members from five northwestern states will hear a motivational keynote address titled "Living in the Ultimate Ham Platform." During his presentation, Barratt (handle KDMIJ) will discuss his most recent spaceflight mission, living aboard the station and the use of ham radio on the orbiting laboratory. The presentation begins at 8:30 p.m. PDT at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center at 415 First Ave. in Seaside, Ore.

Media are invited to attend.

Selected by NASA in July 2000, Barratt is a veteran of two spaceflights. He first served as a flight engineer on Expeditions 19 and 20 to the International Space Station in 2009, living in space for 199 days. Last year, Barratt served as a mission specialist on STS-133. The 13-day mission ended on March 9, 2011, with Discovery's safe landing at Kennedy Space Center, Fla.

Sea-Pac is the northwest's largest ham radio convention. It is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

For more information about this appearance, contact Brenda Cabaniss, Astronaut Appearances Office, at 281-244-8860 or Wayne Schuler, Sea-Pac, at 360-892-5580.

For more information about Barratt, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/barratt-mr.html

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

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