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Cape Cod Community College Welcomes Astronaut Daniel Burbank to Speak Wednesday, April 5 at 3:00pm in Lecture Hall A

The Public is Invited to Attend his Presentation.

Astronaut Daniel BurbankThe public is invited to hear NASA Astronaut Daniel Burbank Wednesday April 5th at 3 p.m. in Lecture Hall A of the Science Building at Cape Cod Community College’s West Barnstable campus. Burbank, who logged 188 days in space on missions aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, and within the International Space Station, comes to campus as part of its College-wide reading initiative called “One College, One Book.” Faculty, staff, and students are reading Andy Weir’s New York Times Best Seller “The Martian” that has a space-travelling astronaut as its main character.

Although born in Manchester, CT, Burbank considers the Cape’s Yarmouthport to be his home. He joined the astronaut corps in 1996, and has served as Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle flights STS-106 and STS-115, Flight Engineer on Expedition 29 to the International Space Station, and commander of Expedition 30. For STS-106, Burbank and his crewmates prepared the International Space Station for the arrival of the first permanent expedition crew. For STS-115, the crew delivered and installed the truss and solar arrays that provide about one fourth of the station’s electrical power.  During the 163 days aboard the station for Expedition 29/30, Burbank and his crew completed dozens of repairs and enhancements to the station’s systems.

Up to this point in his career, Burbank has logged a total of 188 days in space, and 7 hours and 11 minutes of spacewalk time.

After graduating from Tolland High School, Tolland, Connecticut, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in Florida.

Married, with two children, Dan enjoys running, skiing, hiking, sailing, amateur astronomy and playing guitar.