PoSSUM Graduates Scientist-Astronaut Class 1503

02 Nov PoSSUM Graduates Scientist-Astronaut Class 1503

On October 13th, Project PoSSUM graduated 11 students as part of PoSSUM Scientist-Astronaut Class 1503. The PoSSUM candidates learned about upper-atmospheric and noctilucent cloud science while participating in realistic mission simulations developed in partnership with Embry-Riddle. These simulations trained its candidates to effectively use PoSSUM imager systems and instrumentation to study noctilucent clouds in suborbital flight. In addition, candidates received comprehensive spacesuit training, high-altitude and hypoxia awareness training, and aerospace physiology training with world-champion aerobatic pilot Patty Wagstaff.

The eleven candidates that graduated from Class 1503 include Dr. Ross Lockwood of Edmonton, Alberta; Todd Kohorst of Cannon Falls, Minn., James Bevington of McDonald, Tenn., Callum Wallach of Auckland, New Zealand, Dr. Akram Abdellatif of Munich, Germany, Casey Stedman of Orlando, Fla., Dr. Ulyana Horodyskyj of Boulder, Colo., Dr. Armin Kleinboehl of Long Beach, Calif., Michael Mastin of Ketchikan, Alsk., Dr. Blake Keller of Hilton, NY, and Capt. Alex McHale of Enterprise, Ala.

“Our class brought together candidates from across the world, all interested and invested in citizen science near the edge of space.” said PoSSUM Class 1503 graduate Ulyana Horodyskyj, “I left inspired and excited for the future of spaceflight.”

The next PoSSUM scientist-astronaut class will occur at Embry-Riddle from April 9-13, 2016. Applications may be made online atwww.projectpossum.org.

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