March 28, 2017

Purdue astronaut reaches out via Twitter to share mission training


WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —Purdue alum and astronaut Drew Feustel is using social media to let faculty, students and the public share in his experiences working with NASA.

Feustel, a veteran astronaut, will take his first long-duration mission as flight engineer of Expedition 55, scheduled to launch in March 2018. He joins fellow Purdue graduate and first-time space flyer Scott Tingle, who initially will launch in October as part of Expedition 54.

Feustel’s user handle on Twitter is @Astro_Feustel. The astronaut also uses Instagram, where he will share pictures of his training, and his handle on that site is @astro_feustel.

The astronauts often post updates of training leading up to their mission and pictures and updates from space after they launch. Feustel and Tingle are currently training for his upcoming missions.

Tingle has posted many photos and tweets about his mission since it was announced a year ago.

Tingle also can be followed on Twitter at @Astro_Maker and on Facebook (Scott Tingle).

Feustel earned a bachelor’s degree in solid earth sciences in 1989 and a master’s degree in geophysics in 1991, both from Purdue. Tingle graduated from Purdue with a master’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1988, specializing in fluid mechanics and propulsion.

Purdue has 23 alumni astronauts. It is often referred to as the “Cradle of Astronauts.”

Writer: Brian L. Huchel, 765-494-2084, 

Source: Megan Sumner, 281-792-7520,

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