Queen's University

Alumnus sports the Tricolour in space

 
2011-05-25
[Alumnus Andrew "Drew" Feustel aboard space shuttle Endeavour]Alumnus Drew Feustel (right) with fellow astronaut Mike Fincke.

Queen's alumnus Drew Feustel, PhD’95, is halfway through his 16-day mission on the International Space Station (ISS). Dr. Feustel is one of six crew members on the last mission of NASA’s space shuttle Endeavour. Endeavour launched on May 16, taking an Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and a pallet loaded with spare parts to the station. Before his trip, he was given a Queen’s T-shirt by the Queen’s Office of Advancement, which he has sported during some of his downtime on the mission.

Dr. Feustel is the lead spacewalker on this mission, working on three of the four spacewalks around the ISS. The two-man spacewalks can take up to seven hours. On their walks, he and his colleagues repair and install equipment. On their third walk of the mission on Wednesday, Dr. Feustel and fellow mission specialist Mike Fincke installed a power grapple fixture to Zarya, a Russian-built module of the station. The fixture will allow the station’s robotic arm to ‘walk’ to Zarya.

To read more about Dr. Feustel and the mission click here.

You can follow Endeavour’s final mission on www.nasa.gov.
 

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