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Friday December 28, 2012 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM MST
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Challenger Space Center Arizona 
21170 N. 83rd Avenue
Peoria, AZ 85382

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US Astronaut Joe Acaba Appearance 

   Joseph Michael "Joe" Acaba is an educator, hydro geologist, and NASA astronaut. In May 2004 he became the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to be named as a NASA astronaut candidate, when he was selected as a member of NASA Astronaut Training Group 19. 


   He completed his training on February 10, 2006 and was assigned to STS-119, which flew from March 15 to March 28, 2009 to deliver the final set of solar arrays to the International Space Station. Acaba then served as a Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station, having launched on May 15, 2012, aboard the Russian Soyuz TMA-04M . He arrived at the space station on May 17 and returned to Earth on September 17, 2012, after spending four months in space.

   Acaba is visiting Arizona as a guest of the U.S. Forest Service, so kids will enjoy a visit from Smokey the Bear, as well as Challenger Space Center's Cosmo mascot, too!!

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Seating for this event is first come, first served and is limited. If you RSVP and later change your mind, kindly contact Challenger Special Events at 623-322-1001 to cancel your reservation so that seats may open up for other guests. Hope to see you soon - Thumbs up!