Rensselaer Alumnus Astronaut to Participate in Space Expo at Museum

Richard “Rick” Mastracchio

NASA astronaut and Rensselaer alumnus Richard “Rick” Mastracchio (’87 M.S. Electrical Engineering) will make an appearance at the New England Air Museum’s annual Space Expo on March 27. Mastracchio will give two presentations and will talk with visitors to the museum throughout the day. To learn more about the event, please visit:

Mastracchio is a veteran of three space flights, having flown on the space shuttles Atlantis in 2000, Endeavour in 2007, and Discovery in 2010. He has logged nearly 40 days in space including 6 extravehicular activities (EVAs) totaling 38 hours and 30 minutes. Mastracchio has been assigned to the Expedition 38 crew as a flight engineer and is scheduled to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) aboard Soyuz 37 in late November 2013.

A native of Waterbury, Connecticut, Mastracchio worked as an engineer at Hamilton Standard while earning his graduate degree at Rensselaer’s Hartford campus. After graduation, he moved to Houston and began working for Rockwell International supporting space shuttle missions. He joined NASA in 1990 as an engineer responsible for development and validation of the space shuttle’s flight software. Mastracchio was chosen as a NASA astronaut in 1996. Check out his biographical data at:

Mastracchio served as the Commencement speaker at Rensselaer at Hartford’s 53rd Commencement Exercises held on June 5, 2010. He presented Rensselaer with a commemorative collage from his most recent spaceflight (please see photo at right). The collage has been added to the Rensselaer Alumni in Space display case located on Level 3 at the Hartford campus. Rensselaer encourages visitors to view the Alumni in Space display case along with the Alumni Hall of Fame hallway and the Hartford Chapter Alumni Wall. For directions to the Hartford campus, please see:

Updated: 2016-05-16, 15:32