NASA Astronaut blasts off for International Space Station
By: News Staff
DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WLNE) — A UMass Dartmouth alumnus and NASA astronaut is preparing for liftoff ahead of a journey to into outer space Sunday.
Captain Scott Tingle, an Attleboro native, will be launching into space on Sunday, December 17th at 1:00 a.m. EST from Kazakhstan.
Tingle’s destination is the International Space Station where he will be conducting various experiments and providing enhancements to the station.
“This is [the] first flight. [I am] honored to be doing it at age 52,” said Tingle. “We have two guitars that are already on board going on up there.”
Tingle, a US Navy Captain, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Southeastern Massachusetts University (Now UMass Dartmouth) and a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue University.
Tingle was commissioned as a US Navy officer in 1991, and accrued more than 4,500 flight hours and 54 combat missions.
The launch will be streamed live on NASA’s YouTube channel.
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