Davidson College played host to a live NASA downlink from the International Space Station (ISS) on April 22, 2013. Attendees had an opportunity to question NASA Astronaut Thomas Marshburn, M.D. '82, about his experiences aboard the ISS, 230 miles above Earth.
Marshburn, on his second space flight, spent 144 days aboard the ISS. He completed his first flight in July 2009 on Space Shuttle Endeavour. Marshburn was tranported to the ISS aboard Soyuz TMA-07M from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He served as flight engineer for Expedition 35.
Marshburn also served as a flight surgeon at Johnson Space Center, co-chair of medical operations for the Shuttle/Mir Space Program, NASA representative to the Harvard/MIT Smart Medical Systems Team of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and lead flight surgeon and medical operations lead for Expedition 7 to the ISS.
Marshburn earned a bachelor's degree from Davidson College as a physics major, and earned master's degrees from the University of Virginia and University of Texas Medical Branch, and his medical degree from Wake Forest University.
January 27, 2010