Last News Conference with UMass Amherst Alumna, Astronaut Cady Coleman, Before December Space Launch


DATE: Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2010

TIME: 2 p.m. EDT

WHAT: Interviews with Crew of International Space Station November mission

WHERE: NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and on the Internet

University of Massachusetts Amherst alumna and NASA astronaut Catherine "Cady" Coleman will take part in a news conference that will air live on NASA Television and on its website on Sept. 15. Coleman is available for an individual interview by phone following this news conference. Coleman earned a doctorate in polymer science and engineering from UMass Amherst in 1991 and is the wife of Shelburne Falls glass artist Josh Simpson.

As part of a six-person crew, Coleman and Dmitry Kondratiev of the Russian Space Agency, with Paolo Nespoli of the European Space Agency, will launch into space for Expedition 26 aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan in mid-December. They will join NASA’s Scott Kelly, commander of the station, and flight engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka, who will already be there, having launched in a separate Soyuz craft on Oct. 7.

Coleman has been a NASA astronaut for more than 15 years, has logged over 500 hours in space, and is a veteran of two space missions and served as a CAPCOM in mission control for both space shuttle and space stations. A veteran of two space missions, Coleman was a mission specialist on STS-73, trained as a backup mission specialist for an injured crew member on STS-83 and was the lead mission specialist on STS-93 for the deploy of the Chandra X-Ray Observatory.