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USA alumni tour 2023 Houston

Thursday 7 September 2023 / 12.45 - 05.30

Get ready for an out-of-this-world experience with fellow alumni at an exclusive afternoon tour of NASAā€™s Johnson Space Center led by TU Delft alumnus and head of the European Space Agency (ESA) Houston office, Eric van der Wal.

Enjoy a unique behind the scenes three hour visit on Thursday September 7th with stops at the JSC Mission Control, the Astronaut Training Facility and the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, while hearing from Eric about his experiences working with NASA as well as a few other colleagues including also hopefully one or two astronauts linked to his current programs.

Join this special DEAN* event highlighting the impact of 4TU alumni around the world and reach of y(our) network! In addition to exploring the largest organization in the USA of scientists, engineers and technologists we will also have a chance to conclude our visit with an informal ā€˜borrelā€™ at one of the traditional local NASA hangouts in the area.

Participants will have an opportunity during the tour to meet fellow alumni not only from Twente but also TU Delft, TU Eindhoven & Wageningen University.Ā 

Please note that space is limited for this activity to 20 people!Ā This event is free for alumni from the Dutch Technical Universities but for logisticalĀ reasons, prior registration is required.

This event has reached the maximum number of participants. Please send an e-mail to alumnirelations@tudelft if you want to be added to the waiting list.


12:45 - 01:00 PMĀ Group meet up

01:00 - 01:10 PMĀ Departure for Building 30 (JSC Mission Control)

01:10 - 01:40 PMĀ Briefing from the International Space Station (ISS) Flight Control

01:45 - 02:00 PMĀ Departure for the Sonny Carter Training Facility

02:00 - 02:45 PMĀ Briefing from the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

02:50 - 03:10 PMĀ Departure to Building 9 (Space Vehicle Mockup Facility)

Ā 03:10 - 03:55 PMĀ Briefing from the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility

03:55 - 04:00 PMĀ Departure back to starting point (Rocket Park)

04:00 - 04:20 PMĀ Departure to borrel location tbd (individual vehicles)

04:30 - 05:30 PMĀ Closing Borrel