Former NASA astronaut to speak at Missouri S&T

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On February 14, 2022

Photo of Dr. Sandra Magnus in NASA uniform

Dr. Sandra Magnus will speak on the Missouri S&T campus on Monday, March 7. Photo by NASA.

Dr. Sandra Magnus, a former NASA astronaut who was recently elected to the National Academy of Engineering, will talk about her career in engineering and space when she presents “Beyond the Horizon” at 7 p.m. Monday, March 7. The talk will be held in-person and on Zoom from Leach Theatre in Castleman Hall, 10th and Main streets, on the Missouri S&T campus. The event is open to the public. Admission is free, but reservations are required for in-person attendance.

Magnus, who earned a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in electrical engineering from Missouri S&T, flew her first mission to the International Space Station in 2002 aboard the space shuttle Atlantis. She returned to the space station in 2008 for a four-month assignment as a science officer and made her last flight in 2011 as one of four crew members on the final journey of Atlantis, the mission that closed the book on NASA’s shuttle program.

Magnus left NASA in 2012 to become executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the aerospace field. She held that position through 2018, then became a principal for AstroPlanetview LLC, an Arlington, Virginia, firm. She later served as deputy director for engineering with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. Today, she works as an adviser to Virgin Galactic’s Space Advisory Board.

Those interested in attending the March 7 presentation in person may make reservations by contacting the Leach Theater box office at 573-341-4219. The event is hosted by Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

About Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is a STEM-focused research university of over 7,200 students. Part of the four-campus University of Missouri System and located in Rolla, Missouri, Missouri S&T offers 101 degrees in 40 areas of study and is among the nation’s top 10 universities for return on investment, according to Business Insider. S&T also is home to the Kummer Institute, made possible by a $300 million gift from Fred and June Kummer. For more information about Missouri S&T, visit

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