More astronauts call MIT their alma mater than any other non-military academic institution. And many are coming back to campus this week for the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics Centennial Symposium.
Just who are the 38 MIT men and women who have donned hefty spacesuits in the name of science? Check out our infographic of MIT’s former, current, and candidate astronauts:
Celebrating MIT’s contributions to space is nothing new. This week we’ve been sharing some of our favorite alumni astronaut snapshots on Facebook. At an #MITAlum Twitter chat earlier this month, alumni tweeted about the challenges of working in space exploration, and on October 30, Emily Calandrelli SM ’13 will share her own path from MIT to TV host of Xploration Outer Space. Astronaut Cady Coleman ’83 is expected to join.
On Slice, we shared how MIT alumni were instrumental in the Hubble Telescope repairs and celebrated astronaut Cady Coleman ’83, an accomplished flutist, as she played a tune for NPR while on the International Space Station. Timothy Creamer SM ’92 sent the first tweet from space, while Buzz Aldrin shared how his MIT degree equipped him for moon walking and cutting a rug on Dancing with the Stars.
More recent stories include the Curiosity Rover landing on Mars—a mission led by 20 alumni—and the reawakening of the European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft, scheduled to be the first probe to make a comet landing this November.
Here are some of our space favorites. What are yours?