Researchers simply received an enormous break in the thriller of how stars and planets are shaped.

We’ve heard of graduates celebrating their diploma with a backflip or an air guitar solo. How about seeing somebody float in zero gravity? 

That occurred when Purdue University granted NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel an honorary Doctor of Science degree Friday night. Feustel, aboard the International Space Station, beforehand earned a bachelor’s and grasp’s of science from college’s College of Science.

The conferral of the degree was accomplished by Purdue president Mitch Daniels by way of a dwell video hyperlink. Normally, the dean of a school honors graduates with a ceremonial hood, however in this case, fellow Purdue graduate and NASA astronaut Scott Tingle was liable for that a part of the ceremony.

Feustel is amongst 24 NASA astronauts who’ve graduated from Purdue. Aboard the ISS on his third mission to area, the geophysicist is learning biology, Earth and bodily science, human analysis and know-how improvement. He’ll have the chance to conduct his eighth spacewalk subsequent week.

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“Drew is an outstanding geoscientist, giving him a unique perspective in viewing Earth from space,” stated Patrick J. Wolfe, who’s the Frederick L. Hovde Dean of the College of Science, in a information launch.

“His exceptional contributions to science and to our nation are an inspiration to future generations of scientists, and to Boilermakers everywhere. We couldn’t be prouder of his achievements, and to claim him as one of our own.”

Feustel will return to Earth in October.


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Nate Chute is a producer with the IndyStar. Follow him on Twitter at @nchute.

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