Volume: 02, Issue: 17 10/20/2004 
Col. Mark Lee.  Photo courtesy NASA.
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Total Lunar Eclipse Nearing
Astronauts Begin Dress Rehearsals for Shuttle Return to Flight
Light Shed on Genesis Mishap

Chat with Astronaut Col. Mark Lee

Learn more about former astronaut Col. Mark Lee’s experiences in space by participating in a live online chat. The chat will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. CST on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004. Students, teachers, and space enthusiasts may submit their questions relating to spaceflight in advance or during the designated chat period by visiting http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=lee2004 .

Who: Former Astronaut Col. Mark Lee, Program Manager with ORBITEC

What: Live Online Chat about Spaceflight

Date: Thursday, Oct. 21, 2004

9:30 - 10:30 AM Alaska Time
10:30 - 11:30 AM Pacific Time
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Mountain Time
12:30 - 1:30 PM Central Time
1:30 - 2:30 PM Eastern Time

Col. Mark Lee served as a NASA astronaut for 17 years and has more than 28 years of aerospace experience. As a payload commander and lead astronaut, Lee participated in four successful space missions and four spacewalks. He successfully planned and conducted five extravehicular activities to refurbish the Hubble Space Telescope (STS-82), performed an untethered spacewalk (STS-64), participated in the first joint mission with Japan (STS-47), and managed projects from conception to on-orbit testing.

Col. Lee's major technical experience and capabilities include aeronautics, operations management, training and development, systems engineering, and spaceflight hardware development. He earned his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering at MIT and his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

Lee is also the recipient of numerous awards, including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross, NASA Exceptional Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and Defense Superior Service Medal.

Additional Upcoming Chat Information:
Space Explorers has more exciting online chat events scheduled for this upcoming year. Read more about more upcoming chat events and view archived chats at http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/communications/chats.html .

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