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Shuttle Astronaut Lands at UNH June 27
DURHAM, N.H. -- NASA astronaut Piers J. Sellers will share highlights of his experiences in space in a presentation at the University of New Hampshire's Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space (EOS) Friday, June 27, 2003.

Sellers' presentation will take place from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the atrium of Morse Hall on UNH's Durham campus. The public is welcome.

Sellers, a native of Great Britain, performed three spacewalks on a 2002 space shuttle Atlantis (STS-112) mission dedicated to assembling the International Space Station. In addition to his illustrated talk, he will also present the International Geosphere-Biosphere Programme (IGBP) patch he carried with him into space to EOS director Berrien Moore III.

NASA allows astronauts to "fly 10 mementos" to present to select groups or organizations with whom he or she has had a personal association or related interest. Sellers chose to recognize the work of IGBP and Moore, who at the time of the shuttle flight was chair of the IGBP Science Committee.

Sellers, who holds a Ph.D. in biometeorology from Leeds University, has worked with the IGBP over the years conducting research into various aspects of how the Earth's biosphere and atmosphere interact.

Selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in April 1996, Sellers completed his first flight on the Atlantis mission in October of that year. During the mission, the crew delivered and helped install the third piece of the space station's 11-piece Integrated Truss Structure. To outfit and activate the 30,000-pound truss, Sellers, the flight's mission specialist, performed three spacewalks and logged nearly 20 hours of extra-vehicular activity (EVA).

The crew also transferred cargo between the two vehicles and used the shuttle's thruster jets during two maneuvers to raise the station's orbit. The mission was accomplished in 170 orbits, traveling 4.5 million miles in 10 days, 19 hours, and 58 minutes.

Sellers is assigned to the crew of STS-120.

EOS has a strong connection with the shuttle Atlantis, which placed the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (GRO) into orbit in April 1991. EOS was the American center for development of the Compton Telescope on GRO.

By David Sims
Communication and Information Coordinator
Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans, and Space