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!