ECU Presents Special Discussion with NASA Astronauts

Have you ever wondered what it is like in outer space? On Friday, Sept. 17, the public has the opportunity to hear the answer to this question. East Carolina University is holding a special event with former NASA astronauts Steve Nagel and Linda Godwin, who will give a presentation titled “Spacetalking with Astronauts,” co-sponsored by the Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences Department of Biology, Astrobiology@ECU, GO-Science and the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

The event is free and open to the public and will be held at 10 a.m. in Harvey Hall of the Murphy Center, 300 Ficklin Drive, Greenville. Refreshments will be available at 9 a.m. To reserve a ticket for the event, go online to

Nagel, former NASA astronaut and retired colonel in the US Air Force, received his bachelor of science degree in aeronautical and astronautical engineering from the University of Illinois in 1969, and his master of science degree in mechanical engineering from California State University in 1978.

He became a NASA astronaut in August 1979, and he first flew as a mission specialist on STS-51G, which launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 17, 1985. Nagel went on to complete three more missions, and upon completion of his fourth flight in 1995, he had logged a total of 723 hours, or 30 days, in space.

Godwin, former NASA astronaut and wife of Nagel, received her bachelor of science degree in mathematics and physics from Southeast Missouri State in 1974, and her master of science and doctorate degrees in physics from the University of Missouri in 1976 and 1980, respectively.

She joined NASA in 1980 in the Payload Operations Division, Mission Operations Directorate. Godwin became an astronaut in July 1986 and prior to her retirement in August 2010, she had completed four flights and logged more than 912 hours, or 38 days, in space.

For additional information, contact Matthew Schrenk, assistant professor of biology, at 252-328-5276 or Individuals requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least 48 hours prior to the event.