Press Release

Public invited to Maine Astronaut’s Launch Party

The Challenger Learning Center of Maine is hosting a Lift-Off Party 4-5 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at 30 Venture Way in Bangor. The event will highlight Maine astronaut, Chris Cassidy and include a countdown to liftoff. Chris Cassidy, along with two Russian cosmonauts, launches on a six month mission to the International Space Station on March 28 at 4:43pm EST. The Challenger Center invites the public to come watch the launch live on NASA TV, make and launch a rocket, and enjoy refreshments. It’s free admission, although donations are graciously accepted..

International Space Station MISSION SUMMARY

EXPEDITION 35begins March 15 and ends May 14.

Chris Hadfield will become the first Canadian commander of the International Space Station. The next expedition aboard the orbiting laboratory will be exciting, as astronauts work

with new experiments, including the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s (JAXA) Cell Mechanosensing and the Canadian Space Agency’s Microflow experiment, the first miniaturized blood-cell counter in microgravity.

Expedition 35 will continue to take advantage of the space station’s unique microgravity environment and expand the scope of research. The crew will perform experiments that cover human research, biological and physical sciences,technology development and Earth observations. The crew also will engage in educational activities.

Using space exploration as a theme and mission simulations as a vehicle, the Challenger Center for Space Science Education and its international network of 48 Challenger Learning Centers create positive educational experiences that raise students’ expectations of success, fosters a long-term interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and inspires students to pursue studies and careers in these areas.

In Maine, the Challenger Learning Center is located at 30 Venture Way in Bangor, and may be reached by calling 207-990-2900 or To learn more about the national Challenger Center for Space Science Education, visit