BANGOR, Maine – NASA Astronaut and Maine native Christopher J. Cassidy will speak Thursday at Husson University.

Cassidy will talk about his time aboard the International Space Station and the future of manned space flight at 7:30 a.m. breakfast at the atrium in the Beardsley Meeting House, which houses the Gracie Theatre.

During his NASA career, Cassidy has completed six spacewalks, totaling 31 hours and 14 minutes. He has spent a total of 182 days in space.

On March 28, he lifted off for a second trip to the space station from Kazakhstan along with two Russian cosmonauts. The three crew members were the first to complete a trip to the space station in less than six hours. Ordinarily, it takes two days to rendezvous and dock at the space station.

After the breakfast, Cassidy will speak at the Gracie Theatre to about 1,000 students from 14 schools in Greater Bangor and share his thoughts on the importance of education, according to a press release issued by Husson.

“These motivational events are designed to inspire students to greatness,” said Barbara Moody, director of Teacher Education Programs at Husson. “We want to show students that there are no limitations to what you can accomplish in life. It truly is possible to make your dreams a reality. Commander Cassidy is a living example that people can achieve their goals if they are willing to study and work hard.”

U.S. Navy Cmdr. Christopher J. Cassidy is a graduate of York High School. In 1993, he earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Seven years later, he completed his master of science degree in ocean engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass.

He was selected for astronaut candidate training by NASA in May 2004. From 2006 to 2008, Cassidy served as a capsule commander in Mission Control. In 2009, he completed his first spaceflight, the STS-127, International Space Station Assembly Mission where he logged more than 376 hours in space, including more than 18 hours of extravehicular activity during three spacewalks.

For more information or to make reservations for the breakfast, contact Julie Green, director of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Husson University, at 207-941-7129 or