Rick Mastracchio

US astronaut Rick Mastracchio smiles during space suit test prior to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on November 7, 2013. Russia on November 7 launched into space a trio of Russian, Japanese and US astronauts carrying an unlit Olympic torch that will for the first time be taken on a spacewalk to mark the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.  The Soyuz-FG rocket and Soyuz-TMA capsule, emblazoned with the symbols of the Sochi Games and the Olympic rings, blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS) from Baikonur.    AFP PHOTO/ POOL / SHAMIL ZHUMATOV        (Photo credit should read SHAMIL ZHUMATOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Connecticut’s Mastracchio Back on Earth

By DMITRY LOVETSKY    Associated Press   DZHEZKAZGAN, Kazakhstan (AP) _ A Russian Soyuz space capsule carrying three astronauts who had spent a half-year aboard the International Space Station landed Wednesday in the steppes of Kazakhstan. […]

05/13/2014

US astronaut Rick Mastracchio smiles during space suit test prior to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on November 7, 2013. Russia on November 7 launched into space a trio of Russian, Japanese and US astronauts carrying an unlit Olympic torch that will for the first time be taken on a spacewalk to mark the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.  The Soyuz-FG rocket and Soyuz-TMA capsule, emblazoned with the symbols of the Sochi Games and the Olympic rings, blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS) from Baikonur.    AFP PHOTO/ POOL / SHAMIL ZHUMATOV        (Photo credit should read SHAMIL ZHUMATOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Astronaut to Deliver UConn Commencement from Space

University of Connecticut alumnus Rick Mastracchio would have liked to deliver this year’s graduation address to the university’s school of engineering in person.

05/01/2014

US astronaut Rick Mastracchio smiles during space suit test prior to blast off to the International Space Station (ISS) from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan early on November 7, 2013. Russia on November 7 launched into space a trio of Russian, Japanese and US astronauts carrying an unlit Olympic torch that will for the first time be taken on a spacewalk to mark the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi.  The Soyuz-FG rocket and Soyuz-TMA capsule, emblazoned with the symbols of the Sochi Games and the Olympic rings, blasted off for the International Space Station (ISS) from Baikonur.    AFP PHOTO/ POOL / SHAMIL ZHUMATOV        (Photo credit should read SHAMIL ZHUMATOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Waterbury Native Succeeds In First Space Station Repairs

Two astronauts, one with ties to Waterbury, removed an old space station pump Saturday, sailing through the first of a series of urgent repair spacewalks to revive a crippled cooling line.

12/22/2013

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