Scott Kelly, the US astronaut who recently returned from a record-breaking year in space, will help launch the 2016-17 academic year at UT by speaking at the annual Welcome Week Life of the Mind celebration at 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 15.
The event, to be held at Thompson-Boling Arena, will be free and open to the public, but tickets will be required. Ticket distribution sites will be announced later.
Kelly’s talk is part of Life of the Mind, a component of First-Year Studies 100, a zero-credit pass-fail class that gives students their first taste of college studies. As part of the 2016–17 program, freshmen are asked to readLeaving Orbit: Notes from the Last Days of American Spaceflight by Margaret Lazarus Dean, a UT associate professor of English.Students are also asked to complete a written response to the book, participate in a Welcome Week discussion session, and attend this event.
Dean and Kelly, who is a UT graduate, are currently collaborating on a book that will explore the future of space travel and tell Kelly’s story about his historic mission. Endurance: My Year in Space and Our Journey to Mars is scheduled for publication in November 2017.
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