Astronaut Visits Mauro-Sheridan School

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
 
 
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ASTRONAUT VISITS MAURO-SHERIDAN SCHOOL, TELLS STUDENTS OF 2005 FLIGHT TO SPACE STATION
 
 
            Astronaut, research scientist and entrepreneur Dr. Greg Olsen today visited Mauro-Sheridan Science, Technology and Communications School, telling students of his 2005 flight to the International Space Station and displaying mementos from his trip.
 
 
            Dr. Olsen flew on a Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station, spending 10 days in space. He is the third private citizen to travel into space.
 
 
            “NASA and space flight are themes of our magnet school, so our students are especially thrilled to have Dr.. Olsen as a guest,” Mauro-Sheridan Principal Denise Coles-Cross said. “His presentation will further stoke our students’ enthusiasm for space travel, science and math. The staff and I are very grateful that Dr. Olsen took time from his busy schedule to tell Mauro-Sheridan students about his experiences in space.”
 
 
            Dr. Olsen completed 150 orbits of the earth and logged about 4 million miles of weightless travel. He performed several scientific experiments while in orbit.
 
             Dr. Olsen has written a book about experiences, “By Any Means Necessary! An Entrepreneur’s Journey into Space.”
 
 
             Dr. Olsen holds 12 patents and has written more than 100 technical papers. He founded EPITAXX, a fiber-optic detector manufacturer, in 1984 and Sensors Unlimited, an infrared camera manufacturer, in 1992.  Dr. Olsen sold both companies for significant sums.
 
           
            In addition to lecturing about his experiences, Dr. Olsen operates an “angel investor” venture capital firm. Angel investors focus more on promoting innovative ideas and products and less on profit.