Astronaut from New Castle going to space station in 2019


“Biomedical science I can speak to more accurately because of my medical background. We are the subjects of the experiments,

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NEW CASTLE — Lt. Col. Andrew Morgan always dreamed about going to space. In July 2019, his dream becomes reality.

Morgan, who has always called New Castle home due to deep family ties in the community despite never having lived there, will be living and working on the International Space Station, orbiting 245 miles above the Earth’s surface, as part of a seven-month mission.

He was selected by NASA to become an astronaut in 2013, with the expectation of going to space after spending close to a decade training. Morgan achieved a space mission in six years.

“It is a big relief, but also extremely exciting,” Morgan said of going to space. “When my class was selected five years ago, we were told it could be eight to 10 years before we would go to space. I will have flown to space within six years, exceeding expectations. Flying earlier is way better than flying later.”

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Morgan is scheduled to launch on Soyuz 59S and will serve as a flight engineer for expeditions 60 and 61.

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‘However I am serving in space, I do it as a real honor,’ Morgan said. ‘NASA has selected us to do this on behalf of the country and the planet. ISS is an international effort. It is the most magnificent example of international cooperation.’

Morgan knows the nature of the experiments he will take part in aboard the space station, and his medical background fits perfectly into some of the projects.

‘I don’t know exactly, but I know in general,’ Morgan said. ‘There are always experiments going on on board. It is a national laboratory that is constantly turning all types of science experiments ‘ physics and biomedical make up the greatest proportion.

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While Morgan will never stop training for missions, he is working to fine tune skills that will be vital during his time aboard the station, including learning a foreign language.

“There is very little I am training in that I didn’t already have a foundation in during my initial candidate training,” Morgan said. “Our basic qualifications, we study the Russian language as English and Russian are the most spoken languages on the International Space Station. We do robotics training as we will work to capture visiting vehicles, support of spacewalks, which is another important skill I will continue to hone.”

Astronaut who calls New Castle ‘home’ will head to space station in 2019

NASA astronaut Lt. Col. Andrew Morgan, shown here during flight testing, is scheduled to go to the International Space Station in July 2019. Morgan is the son of Dr. Richard and Janice Morgan of Neshannock Township. He will serve on the vessel for seven months while conducting experiments.

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