Our Shuttle Aggienauts

Atlantis took off from Cape Canaveral this morning for the last flight of a Space Shuttle.

Two UC Davis alumns have been lucky enough to fly on the Shuttle: Steve Robinson, who made four flights in all, and Tracy Caldwell Dyson, who has made two trips into space including a six-month stay on the International Space Station last year. (To be accurate, Caldwell Dyson’s last trip was made on a Russian Soyuz rocket, which is how American astronauts will be traveling into space until a replacement for the Shuttle comes into service).

Here’s some of our past coverage of our Aggie Astronauts:

“Aggienaut,” Robinson’s third trip, in 2005

“Aggienaut II,” Caldwell Dyson’s first trip, in 2007

“Ready for her first space walk,” video previewing Caldwell Dyson’s 2010 mission

Both Caldwell Dyson and Robinson have visited UC Davis and given talks here, which can be found at itunes.ucdavis.edu (look under “alumni.”)

Both of these photos are courtesy of NASA. (If photos aren’t showing, click on the title to read the entire post).




Steve Robinson played in a band and was a DJ for student radio station KDVS.

Tracy Caldwell Dyson earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Davis, while also learning Russian and picking up her pilot’s license.

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