Alumnus Will Launch to International Space Station Next Week

Joseph M. Acaba will begin his third space flight on Tuesday.

Joseph M. Acaba

Joseph M. Acaba

NASA astronaut Joseph M. Acaba, who earned his master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from Texas Tech University in 2015, will launch into space for the third time next week. Along with fellow NASA astronaut Mark Vande Hei and Russian cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, Acaba will travel to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard the Russia Soyuz MS-06 spacecraft on Tuesday (Sept. 12).

Acaba logged a total of 138 days in space during his previous two missions. In 2009, he flew to the ISS aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery and eventually conducted two spacewalks. In 2012, he returned to the space station on a Soyuz spacecraft to serve as flight engineer for Expedition 31/32, which involved more than 130 in-flight experiments.

On this mission, Expedition 53/54, the crew members will continue several hundred experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and earth science. Among these is Functional Immune, which analyzes blood and saliva samples to determine changes taking place in crew members’ immune systems during flight. Results are expected to provide new insight into the possible health risks of long-duration space travel, including future missions to deep space.

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The Department of Curriculum & Instruction offers advanced degrees that prepare leaders, researchers, and professors with the knowledge, skills, and practical application experience needed to analyze, construct, and evaluate curricula in ways that create optimal learning conditions for all learners. Language and literacy, bilingual education and STEM education are just a few of the specializations offered by C&I.

The Department of Educational Psychology & Leadership consists of a diverse group of academic programs that equip students with a comprehensive knowledge of learning, motivation, development, and educational foundations. The disciplines of counseling and school psychology are housed within the EP&L department as are programs to prepare future college administrators, primary and secondary school and district leaders, as well as practical and academic educational psychologists.

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