Six days and counting Print
Tuesday, 10 November 2009 13:57

Photo courtesy of NASA
With six days before liftoff, Randy Bresnik, ’89, (third from left) and the STS-129 mission astronauts have been quarantined in a germ-free environment at Johnson Space Center in Houston.  The countdown to launch will begin at 1 p.m. Friday.


While Bresnik is the first Citadel astronaut, the Military College has other ties to the space program, including Assistant Professor of Physics Luke Sollitt , who is part of a team exploring the shadowed regions of the moon in search of water. Harry Y. McSween, ’67 , is a geologist and an expert on meteorites, who has been playing a role in NASA spacecraft missions since 1997.  The class of 1985 has two graduates, Stephen K. Odendahl, who is with NASA, and Brig. Gen. Christopher Pope, who is with the military space program.