"Thank you so much for your visit to Maury Elementary last week. Your presentation was extraordinary! It's rare to find an individual who is both very accomplished in their field AND a wonderful teacher and engaging speaker. You have it nailed! Thank you for working to inspire our next generation of explorers."
Maury Elementary School, Washington, D.C.
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Quick Facts About Don
Cleveland Heights High School
High School Diploma, 1973
Case Western Reserve University
Bachelor of Science Physics, 1977
Master of Science, Materials Science, 1980
Doctorate, Materials Science, 1982
SPACE FLIGTH EXPERIENCE
STS-65 Columbia (July 8-23, 1994)
During this International Microgravity Science (IML-2) Spacelab mission the crew completed over 80 different experiments from around the world looking into the effects of zero-gravity. This mission set a new flight duration record for the Space Shuttle program. The mission was accomplished in 236 orbits of the Earth traveling 6.1 million miles in 353 hours and 55 minutes.
STS-70 Discovery (July 13-22, 1995)
During the STS-70 mission, Dr. Thomas was responsible for the deployment of the sixth and final Tracking and Data Relay Satellite from the Space Shuttle.
STS-83 Columbia (April 4-8, 1997)
The STS-83 Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL-1) Spacelab mission, was cut short because of problems with one of the Shuttle’s three fuel cell power generation units.
STS-94 Columbia (July 1-17, 1997)
STS-94 was a re-flight of the Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL-1) Spacelab mission, and focused on materials and combustion science research in microgravity. Mission duration was 376 hours and 45 minutes, traveling 6.3 million miles in 251 orbits of the Earth.