Former astronaut will discuss effects of long duration spaceflight at Feb. 24 colloquium on UND campus

Former astronaut will discuss effects of long duration spaceflight at Feb. 24 colloquium on UND campus

The Space Studies Spring 2020 Colloquium Series at the University of North Dakota will feature former Space Shuttle Columbia Payload Specialist Lawrence DeLucas, who is currently working as a principal scientist at The Aerospace Corporation.

DeLucas will present “Human Factors and Physiological Effects of Long Duration Spaceflight” from 5-7 p.m. CT on Monday, Feb. 24, in 111 Ryan Hall.

DeLucas, an optometrist, biochemist, and former payload specialist astronaut, will discuss examples of human factors that affected performance on his 14-day mission on the Columbia Space Shuttle.  He will review some of the physiological effects of long-duration space flight and will discuss various aspects of his astronaut training in preparation for his mission, STS-50.

About the speaker:

Dr. DeLucas was a member of the seven-person crew of Space Shuttle Columbia for Mission STS-50, called the United States Microgravity Laboratory-1 (USML-1) Spacelab mission. Columbia launched on June 25, 1992, returning on July 9.  He traveled more than 6 million miles, completing 221 orbits of earth and logging over 331 hours in space.  In 1994 and 1995, Dr. DeLucas served as the Chief Scientist for the International Space Station at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He is currently a Principal Scientist at the Aerospace Corporation and has been a Professor of Optometry, among other positions, at the University of Alabama, Birmingham.

You may attend remotely via Zoom video conferencing.  Questions for the speaker may be posted at this site during the presentation and are best suited for enrolled students.

A simple live webcast will be available here.

Colloquium presentations will be added to the colloquium website after the live event for later public viewing.


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