Hoosier Astronaut Joins Space Science Institute

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The Link Observatory Space Science Institute in Morgan County has announced astronaut and Indiana native David Wolf will join the institute as chief science officer. Wolf, who has logged more than 4,000 hours in space, will begin his new role in January.

Wolf is a graduate of North Central High School in Indianapolis and has degrees from Purdue University and the Indiana University School of Medicine. The institute says Wolf will work on STEM educational programming, public engagement and fundraising. 

"We are thrilled to have Indiana’s own Astronaut Dr. David Wolf join our team," said Greg McCauley, executive director of the institute. "His experience, talent, knowledge, and guidance will help propel Link Observatory Space Science Institute and Indiana students to the forefront of STEM education in the country, and catapult us towards our goal of Indiana becoming the epicenter of the burgeoning space industry."

Wolf has traveled to space four times and completed seven spacewalks. He helped draft the executive order signed earlier this year to re-establish the National Space Council, which is chaired by Vice President Mike Pence.

"I am thrilled to be joining Link Observatory Space Science Institute," said Wolf. "The core of ‘Innovation’ lies near a passion to see beyond ‘The Box’ and the ‘Inspiration’ to go further, discover, and prove we are truly without limits. Our view of the heavens reveals ‘No Box’ and the ‘Return on Inspiration’ is similarly limitless. Our ‘Viewport to The Universe’ will ignite the imaginations of our youth, unleashing the power of the heavens through their imaginations."

The institute jointly operates the Goethe Link Observatory in Mooresville along with the Indiana University School of Astronomy and the Indiana Astronomical Society.

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