Expert Voices Leroy Chiao: Astronaut issues and space exploration
Leroy Chiao is a former NASA astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) commander. Chiao holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is the special advisor for human spaceflight to the Space Foundation. Chiao has worked extensively in both government and commercial space programs, and has held leadership positions in commercial ventures and NASA. In his 15 years with NASA, Chiao logged more than 229 days in space, more than 36 hours spent in Extra-Vehicular Activity (spacewalks). From June to September 2009, he served as a member of the White House appointed Review of U.S. Human Spaceflight Plans Committee, and currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council.
In the middle of a lengthy spacewalk to assemble part of the International Space Station, NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao could see nothing but a blue-marbled Earth swirling above his head.
The dramatic Soyuz rocket launch abort and an earlier Progress failure highlight poor policy decisions on access to space, astronaut Leroy Chiao says.
It has been 60 years since the Soviet Union launched Sputnik 1, Earth's first artificial satellite.
Former NASA astronaut Leroy Chiao may have commanded a real-life space station, but "Star Trek" gave him an early push.
During my first spaceflight aboard Space Shuttle Columbia, I watched, incredulous, as Hurricane Emilia churned as a Category 5 storm.
During my mission aboard the International Space Station (ISS), I shot what I was told was the first astronaut video of a partial eclipse.
Recently, NASA announced its newest class of astronauts, Group 22 — and it brought me back to my own selection as part of Group 13 back in 1990.
Friday (May 5) is National Astronaut Day, and you can celebrate by watching a lot of space-related events on Facebook Live.
Since the early 1970s, we seem to always be about 20 years away from landing astronauts on Mars.
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