McAllen’s Michael Fossum, retired astronaut to be honored Friday

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Col. Michael E. Fossum ’80, USAFR (Ret.)

Texas Border Business

Nonno” Tony Smecca Galvestonian of the Year Award goes to Col. Michael E. Fossum ’80, USAFR (Ret.), who currently serves as a Vice President of Texas A&M University, the Chief Operating Officer of the Galveston Campus, and the Superintendent of the Texas A&M Maritime Academy.

Fossum joined Texas A&M following his retirement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – Johnson Space Center in 2017. Fossum is a veteran of three space flights with more than 194 days in space and more than 48 hours in seven spacewalks during his 19 years as an astronaut. During his last mission in 2011, Fossum served as the Commander of the International Space Station. He has logged over 2,000 hours in 35 different aircraft throughout the course of his career.

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