Astronaut Stephen BowenHOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (8/2/17) — Hopkinsville Community College announced plans to host a true American hero for viewing the Great American Eclipse.

At the eclipse viewing event, guests of the college have an opportunity to meet NASA Astronaut Steve Bowen and hear his highlights of spaceflight missions, hours of space walking and how a U.S. Navy submariner became an astronaut. The Johnson Space Center Astronaut Appearances Office receives thousands of requests for astronaut visits each year, and very few of the requests can be accommodated due to technical assignments for ongoing and future programs, as well as the 24/7 support of crews aboard the International Space Station.

“We are ‘over the moon’ to be hosting Astronaut Bowen, and know that his presentation and subsequent meet and greet will be a highlight of a very exciting day on our campus,” said Yvette Eastham, Chief Institutional Advancement Officer. “We are so grateful to the staff of the Johnson Space Center for collaborating with the college to make this an incredibly historic day for the college.”

The High Altitude Balloon Satellite Team at HCC will also launch a near-space balloon on campus the morning of the eclipse as part of the NASA Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project. The team will provide video and real time data during the eclipse. The Eclipse Ballooning Project is a collaborative effort to live stream footage of the Moon's shadow during the August 21, 2017 total solar eclipse from the edge of space - a feat that's never been done before. The nationwide effort is being managed by Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont.

“Our campus family has been hard at work to ensure a great day of educational and informational activities,” said Eastham. “We are excited to welcome more than 3,000 guests from at least 34 and several countries including Japan, France, Great Britain and Canada.”

A series of interactive presentations and lectures will also be featured on campus prior to and immediately following the eclipse.

About Bowen:

Bowen was the first submarine officer to be selected as an astronaut by NASA. A veteran of three space shuttle flights, STS‐126 in 2008, STS‐132 in 2010, and STS‐133 in 2011, Bowen has logged a total of 40 days, 10 hours, four minutes and 37 seconds in space, including 47 hours and 18 minutes in seven spacewalks. Full biography available here: https://www.nasa.gov/astronauts/biographies/stephen-g-bowen/biography

A native of Cohasset, Massachusetts, Astronaut Bowen earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the United States Naval Academy and a Master of Science in Ocean Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Joint Program (MIT/WHOI.) He and wife Deborah are the parents of three children.

For Interviews with Bowen:

Contact Kimberly Nahas 281-244-8860 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About HCC:

For most Pennyrile region residents, higher education begins at Hopkinsville Community College (HCC).The college serves thousands of area residents each year as a comprehensive regional learning center providing academic and technical associate degrees; diploma and certificate programs in occupational fields; prebaccalaureate education; adult, continuing and developmental education; customized training for business and industry; and distance learning. As part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, HCC is a critical component to transforming the region’s economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high growth, high wage careers. KCTCS consists of more than 70 campuses and 97,000 students. For more information, visit kctcs.edu.

KCTCS is an equal opportunity employer and education institution.

Eclipse Acitivities at HCC:

High Altitude Balloon Satellite Team at HCC will launch a near-space balloon in conjunction with the NASA Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project. A full menu of educational activities and lectures will be offered including the science of the solar eclipse, eclipse ancient mysteries and mythology and a walk through the solar system. Food trucks and other family activities will also be available.

For more information about eclipse activities at HCC, contact Yvette Eastham, 270-707-3731 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Rena Young, 270-707-3732 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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