Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Out of This World

When space shuttle Discovery lifts off its Cape Canaveral launch pad on Sunday night, it’ll have a former study-abroad leader on board.

Astronaut Richard Arnold, before joining NASA in 2004, was a science teacher at a middle school in Charles County, Md. One of his teaching experiences was leading students on a study course in Bermuda. He's also spent a semester at sea and taught in schools in Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Romania and Indonesia.

While in space, Arnold will complete the ultimate study abroad experience: He's scheduled to complete a spacewalk to attach a final solar array to the International Space Station.

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