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Media Advisory: Astronaut Kate Rubins to Speak at Johns Hopkins University

April 19, 2017
CONTACT: Arthur Hirsch
Office: 443-997-9909
Cell: 443-462-8702
ahirsch6@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

WHAT: Kate Rubins, the first person to sequence DNA in space aboard the International Space Station last year, will talk about her work as a scientist and astronaut.

WHEN: Talk at 4 p.m., Monday, April 24. Media interviews will be conducted between 2 and 3 p.m. Reporters can email spacestudies@jhu.edu to set up a time.

WHERE: Schafler Auditorium, Bloomberg Center for Physics & Astronomy, Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus, 3400 North Charles Street, Baltimore. Media interviews in room 366 at the Bloomberg Center.

WHO: Chosen as an astronaut by NASA in 2009, Rubins took part in two International Space Station expeditions in 2016. She was part of an international crew that conducted more than 275 different scientific experiments, including research in molecular and cellular biology, human physiology, fluid and combustion physics, Earth and space science. As the first person to sequence DNA in space, Rubins determined the correct order of over 2 billion base pairs of DNA during a series of experiments to understand sequencing in microgravity. She took part in two spacewalks totaling nearly 13 hours. In the first spacewalk, she and a colleague installed a new docking port for U.S. commercial crew spacecraft. During the second, she and her colleague performed maintenance of the station external thermal control system and installed high-definition cameras.

The event is sponsored by Space@Hopkins, which connects various Johns Hopkins University divisions, departments and collaborative institutions in their pursuit of civilian space research.


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