Aggie Astronaut Gets Ready for Long Stay in Space

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

An Aggie is getting ready for an out of this world experience.

Mike Fossum is getting ready for his third trip to space in five years, and this time he's not coming back anytime soon.

Fossum will serve as the International Space Station Commander this summer and won't return from the ISS until November.

Fossum will lift off from Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft on May 30 and what he'll bring to the space station was a topic of conversation at Monday's press conference.

"Will you be taking your Aggie boots," asked a reporter.

"No, I won't have room for my boots, but there will be an Aggie ring aboard the space station," said Fossum.

Fossum graduated from Texas A&M University with an engineering degree in 1980.

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