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NASA Astronaut Joseph Acaba Visits Texas Tech T-STEM Center

Joe Acaba and T-STEM Center Staff

June 24, 2013

The Texas Tech T-STEM Center played host to a visit with Joseph Michael Acaba, a NASA astronaut who returned from a long duration appointment on the International Space Station. Mr. Acaba taught high school science and middle school science and math in Florida before becoming an astronaut. He is now working on a Ph.D. in Education at Texas Tech University. Mr. Acaba is the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to be named a NASA astronaut. He has flown two space missions, logging 138 days in space, and Mr. Acaba was Flight Engineer aboard the International Space Station from May 15, 2012 to September 17, 2012.

Mr. Acaba visited the Texas Tech T-STEM Center to learn more about teacher professional development and opportunities available to teachers for both afterschool and in-class programs. It is evident that Mr. Acaba is a role model for teachers and students where ever he goes. The T-STEM Center is pleased to be able to provide Mr. Acaba information about the T-STEM Center and the T-STEM Network.