NASA Astronaut Doug Wheelock, MSAE '92, to Conduct Live Chat September 19

NASA Astronaut Doug Wheelock, MSAE '92, to Conduct Live Chat September 19



Eric Boe, Shane Kimbrough and Doug Wheelock

Ready to Chat. From left, Georgia Tech alums (and NASA astronauts) Eric Boe, Shane Kimbrough, and Doug Wheelock, MSAE '92. All three will be doing a live chat on Thursday, September 19.

When NASA’s Artemis program takes people back to the moon, AE alumnus Doug Wheelock will be one of  the people making it happen.

Wheelock, and two other Georgia Tech alums - Eric Boe and Shane Kimbrough -- will participate in a live chat Thursday, September 19, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. EST via @georgiatech on Twitter and Instagram. Follow the conversation at  #SpaceJackets and #AstroChat.

Boe, who has a master’s degree in electrical engineering, and Kimbrough, who holds a master’s degree in operations research, are both working on the Artemis program.

Also working on Artemis is fellow NASA astronaut, Wheelock, who recently spoke (in a video posted on Twitter) on behalf of NASA about the project and how it will work.

Boe and Kimbrough recently spoke with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the project and its goals, one of which is to put the first woman on the moon.“Only 12 people have ever walked on the moon,” Kimbrough told the AJC. “All were American men. Putting the first female boots on the moon will inspire a new generation of students, especially girls, to pursue STEM fields.”

Meanwhile, on campus, Tech students will be building cubesat for Artemis. Tech’s first cubesats -- designed and built in AE's Space Systems Design Lab -- were launched as part of two SpaceX projects -- in December of 2018 and, again, in June of 2019. Hundreds of current and former AE students got their first taste of space from those projects.

Learn more about NASA's Artemis program.


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