Astronaut Lt. Colonel Michael Fincke Attends Reunion Via Space Link
published: March 28, 2013, recorded: June 2004, views: 2335
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Nothing could stop Mike Fincke (MIT ’89) from joining his 15th reunion – not even a 200-mile-high earth orbit. Fincke began a six-month stint as science officer and flight engineer on Expedition 9 to the International Space Station (ISS) in April 2004, and stole a few moments from his hectic schedule to greet fellow alumni. In addition to discussing the mission’s science, which includes examining fluids in a microgravity environment, and working with tiny space satellites that might one day help astronauts perform routine maintenance, Fincke extols international collaboration on the ISS. “MIT set me up nicely to be ready for this next wave of globalization… Our Russian, European and Japanese partners will help expand human presence in the skies, on the way to the moon and stars.”
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