Space After Dark: Have Spacesuit - Will Travel!
Mix it up with an evening of networking, fun and activities with your fellow space enthusiasts. One drink voucher for beer or soda are included as part of the evening. Adults 21+.
Space After Dark
Friday, July 13, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Space Foundation Discovery Center
Purchase Tickets at the Door
Retired NASA astronaut Donald "Don" Thomas, Ph.D., is bringing his spacesuit to Space After Dark. Join the Discovery Center for a night of exploration as we learn the ins and outs of spacesuits. Get hands on with a Russian spacesuit as Don lets you interact with a real spacesuit. The fun doesn't end there as we invite you and your crew to design a spacesuit using recycled materials. As always, Space After Dark a cash bar. Get ready for an out of this world experience this July as we Suit Up for fun at the Discovery Center.
Donald A. Thomas, Ph.D., Former NASA Astronaut
Dr. Thomas was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and received his B.S. in physics from Case Western Reserve University. He then attended Cornell University where he received his master and doctorate degrees in materials engineering.
From 1982-1987, he was a senior member of the technical staff at Bell Laboratories in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was awarded two patents for inventions related to the packaging of semiconductor devices. He then joined the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, as a materials engineer for the Space Shuttle program.
In 1990, Dr. Thomas was selected in NASA’s 13th group of astronauts and flew as a mission specialist on four Space Shuttle missions: STS-65, STS-70, STS-83 and STS-94. He performed hundreds of microgravity science experiments and helped deploy a large communications satellite from the Space Shuttle. He has spent a total of 44 days in space and has completed 692 orbits of the Earth.
From 1999-2000, Dr. Thomas was the NASA director of operations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, where he coordinated the training of NASA astronauts for missions aboard the International Space Station. From 2003-2006, Dr. Thomas was the International Space Station Program Scientist and was responsible for the selection and scheduling of experiments to be performed aboard the ISS. From 2007-2015, Dr. Thomas worked at Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland, as the founding director of the Hackerman Academy of Mathematics and Science. Today, he is an author and public speaker and still actively engaged in inspiring our next generation of engineers, scientists and explorers.