Astronaut Donald Thomas joined the Clay Center Amateur Radio club when he met Bob K5TEC at a Space Expo in Connecticut and heard about the club. An amateur radio operator himself, Dr. Thomas, KC5FVF, was pleased to hear that so many of our youth are getting into amateur radio. He talked about how he used the radio station on board the International Space Station to talk to students on the earth.
Originally from Ohio, Dr. Thomas became an astronaut in July 1991. A veteran of four space flights, he has logged over 1,040 hours in space. He was a mission specialist on Columbia STS-65 (July 8-23, 1994), Discovery STS-70 (July 13-22, 1995), Columbia STS-83 (April 4-8, 1997) and Columbia STS-94 (July 1-17, 1997).
Dr. Thomas’ autographed portrait and his book, Orbit of Discovery, are on display at the Clay Center.