Space: Another Gator Tradition

Gator astronaut Kevin Ford is spending several months aboard the International Space Station.

Kevin FordThe Gator Nation has again left the Earth and taken its place at the International Space Station.

Kevin Ford (MS ’94) arrived at the International Space Station on Oct. 23 and becomes commander of the mission this month. Ford and Russian cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin will work on the space station until March 2013.

Throughout the past 10 years, Ford has worked on a multitude of NASA missions, completing technical duties and even working as CAPCOM (Capsule Communicator) for both shuttle and International Space Station missions. In 2009, Ford spent 332 hours and 53 minutes in space as pilot for a shuttle mission to the International Space Station.

It’s not the first time a Gator has served several months aboard the station. Ron Garan (MS ’96) spent several months at the station last year.

—David Williams (3PR)

Gators in Space

To learn more about Gators in the space program, check out our previous articles, “Gators in Space” and “Countdown.”


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