From Purdue Alumna to Commercial Astronaut Pioneer 

A conversation between Purdue alumna and commercial space pioneer Beth Moses and Purdue President Mung Chiang

Date: Monday, Nov. 6 
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Location: Stewart Center’s Fowler Hall
Event is free, but a general admission ticket is required

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Purdue University alumna Beth Moses is a professional astronaut and chief astronaut instructor at Virgin Galactic. She has successfully completed six spaceflights for Virgin Galactic.

Moses made history on Feb. 22, 2019, with Virgin Galactic, becoming the first female commercial astronaut to work in space as the sole mission specialist for test flight VF01. She earned her Commercial Space Astronaut Wings from the Federal Aviation Administration in April 2019.  

Before joining Virgin Galactic in 2013, Moses spent 24 years with NASA, where she served as the extravehicular activity system manager for the International Space Station from design through on-orbit construction. She led the global program of human-in-the-loop testing, which designed, developed and verified the spacewalk mechanisms used to assemble and maintain the space station.  

Moses received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from Purdue. She was honored as an Outstanding Aerospace Engineer by Purdue’s School of Aeronautics and Astronautics in 2018.

Beth Moses