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Museum of Flight presents Space Exploration Day Lecture with Astronaut Dr. Michael Barratt July 21

On July 21, former NASA astronaut Dr. Michael Barratt will be at the Museum to talk about his adventures in space. The lecture helps commemorate Space Exploration Day, the dual anniversaries of the first manned landing on the Moon-Apollo 11 July 20, 1969-and the first robotic landing on Mars-Viking I, July 20, 1976. The 2 p.m. program is free with admission to the Museum.

Space tourist Charles Simonyi, Soyuz Commander Gennady I. Padalka and NASA International Space Station Expedition Crew Member Dr. Michael Barratt before launch of Russian Soyuz TMA-14 mission to the ISS. NASA photo.

Barratt was selected as a NASA astronaut in 2000. In 2009, he flew with Seattle space tourist Charles Simonyi on the Russian Soyuz TMA-14 to the International Space Station, where he served as a flight engineer on NASA ISS Expeditions 19 and 20. In 2011 he was a crew member on the final flight of space shuttle Discovery, STS-133. The Soyuz TMA-14 descent module Simonyi and Barratt flew is on display in the Museum’s Space Gallery.

Barratt grew up in Camas, Wash. and graduated from the University of Washington. His medical degree is from Northwestern University. He currently manages the Human Research Program at NASA Johnson Space Center and is the senior editor of the textbook, “Principles of Clinical Medicine for Space Flight.”

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