American Astronaut Marsha Irvin Visits Albania

From 27-30 September, the Public Affairs Section invited former astronaut Marsha Ivins to share her experience with the Albanian audience.  Ms. Ivins, a veteran of five Space Shuttle missions—in 1990, 1992, 1994, 1997, and 2001—has spent a total of 55 days in orbit, on missions devoted to such diverse tasks as deploying satellites, conducting scientific research, and docking with Mir and the International Space Station. Astronaut Ivins had discussions with university and high school students, prominent women in science, and young people at the American Corner. Marsha shared with her audiences how her passion shaped a beautiful future for her, the emotional impact of leaving the home planet, the trainings astronauts are required to undergo, the necessary spacewalk preparations, scientific experiments they did while in their missions and where human space endeavors now stand. Her talks were all very well received and attended. Her presence and interesting discussions had an extensive media interest and coverage, both printed and visual that covered her activities in Tirana.