WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – A Purdue University graduate has been assigned to a NASA space mission.
U.S. Navy Capt. Scott Tingle, 50, is the 23rd Purdue alumnus to become an astronaut.
The mission takes him to the International Space Station, beginning in September 2017. He will return in March 2018.
Tingle has been working to go into space for years. He earned a Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Purdue in 1988, with a specialty in fluid mechanics and propulsion.
In January, Tingle began training in Russia as one of two U.S. astronauts to head aboard the space station in expeditions 53 and 54. He was one of nine astronaut candidates originally selected by NASA in 2009 from among more than 3,500 applicants.
Tingle has accumulated more than 4,000 flight hours in 48 types of aircraft, including combat missions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The International Space Station shared the news with their followers on Facebook.
Tingle is encouraging people interested in his mission training or the space mission to follow him on Twitter @astro_maker.