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Robert Pearlman

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NASA release
Three-Time Spaceflight Astronaut Steven Swanson Retires From NASA

With nearly 200 days of spaceflight experience, astronaut Steven Swanson has retired from NASA to share his experience and expertise in an academic setting. Swanson will join Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, as a distinguished educator in residence. His last day with NASA is August 30.

"Steve Swanson, or Swanny as we know him, has contributed so much more to the human space program than just serving on his three missions. His infectious laugh, keen intellect and easy going personality have garnered the respect and friendship of everyone with whom he works. He also will be sorely missed on our Wednesday night basketball team!" said Chris Cassidy, chief of the Astronaut Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

Swanson was born in Syracuse, New York, and considers Steamboat Springs, Colorado, his hometown. He earned a doctorate in computer science from Texas A&M University in College Station, and holds degrees from the University of Colorado in Boulder and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

Swanson joined NASA in 1987 as a systems engineer and a flight engineer in the Aircraft Operations Division at Johnson, working on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). During his time with the STA, Swanson helped improve the STA's navigation and control systems and incorporate a real-time wind determination algorithm.

He was selected as an astronaut in May of 1998. He would go on to fly three space missions, including a long-duration mission on the International Space Station. Additionally, he served numerous technical roles within the Astronaut Office Space Station Operations and Robotics branches, as well as serving as a capsule communicator, or capcom.

Swanson flew as a mission specialist for STS-117 on Space Shuttle Atlantis in June 2007 and STS-119 on Space Shuttle Discovery in March 2009. Both missions delivered station truss segments, solar arrays, and other equipment to the station. Swanson conducted two spacewalks on each mission, totaling more than 26 hours of extravehicular activity experience.

Swanson's final mission was a long duration stay on the station as part of the Expedition 39 and 40 crews in 2014. During his six-month tour of duty aboard the orbiting laboratory, Swanson performed various Earth remote sensing and biology, bone and muscle physiology studies and performed a spacewalk. He assumed command of the station in May 2014 and was commander through his landing on Sept. 10, marking an end to his 169 days in orbit. In total, following his three missions, Swanson accumulated more than 195 days in space.

Robert Pearlman

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Xeriant, Inc. release
Former NASA Astronaut, Steven Swanson, Named to Xeriant's Board of Advisors

Xeriant, Inc., an aerospace company dedicated to Advanced Air Mobility and associated specialty chemicals and materials, announced today (May 9) the appointment of Steven Swanson, former NASA astronaut, engineer, and Commander of the International Space Station (ISS), to the Company's Board of Advisors.

Over his remarkable 28-year career with the agency, Mr. Swanson has been an innovator in advancing spaceflight technologies, starting as a systems and flight engineer in the Aircraft Operations Division of NASA's Johnson Space Center, and later as an astronaut with multiple assignments in space. His most notable achievements as an astronaut are his three missions to the International Space Station (ISS), one as Commander; logging over 195 cumulative days in space; traveling over 83 million miles in orbit; and completing five spacewalks, two as lead spacewalker, totaling over 28 hours of extravehicular activity. His flights to the ISS were aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis, Space Shuttle Discovery and the Russian Soyuz rocket.

"Steve will be a tremendous asset to our team as we explore potential applications for our Retacell fire retardant in aerospace and look to acquire and develop technologies for the Advanced Air Mobility market. His experience as an astronaut, engineering background, and contacts at NASA will help move our company forward in these areas," stated Keith Duffy, CEO of Xeriant.

Steve Swanson commented, "I am pleased to be part of Xeriant's team and excited about their current projects and vision as a company. The development of non-toxic fire-retardant chemicals, coatings and insulation materials that are effective in fluctuating atmospheric conditions could have numerous benefits in the space industry. Thermal barriers and fire-resistant materials have been critical in space vehicle design and crew apparel for decades, and this Retacell product appears to be a safer alternative for several of the applications."

Steven Swanson's honors include the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Space Flight Medal, the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and the Flight Simulation Engineering Award. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from the University of Colorado, a Master of Applied Science in Computer Systems from Florida Atlantic University, and a Doctorate in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. Mr. Swanson is currently a distinguished educator in residence at Boise State University and promotes the space sciences through events and programs around the world.

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