NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) USA has approved for Astronaut E. Michael “Mike” Fincke for a Virtual Appearance with TezpurUniversity’s National Level Annual Technical Festival ‘TechXetra 2012’ on November 2, 2012. Rajen Barua, President of FASS International, the sponsoring organization of the event on behalf of TezpurUniversity, stated in a Press Release from Houston.
The astronaut virtual appearance program is an exciting and memorable experience for all involved. Normally NASA receives thousands of such requests for astronaut appearances each year. However, very few of these requests can at present be accommodated due to NASA’s heavy ongoing support program of the ISS (International Space Station) and many other exciting NASA programs. However, with the personal collaboration and help of FASS International members in Houston such as Rupesh Saikia and others, it was possible to schedule an appearance on November 2 as requested by TezpurUniversity.
The virtual appearance of astronaut Mike Fincke in the TechXetra 2012 will be very meaningful for the students of science to connect with the latest technology as well as to know more about NASA’s ongoing programs which includes the International Space Station, Mars Rover Mission and many more.Astronaut Mike Fincke is not unknown to Assam. Being the husband of Assamese Renita Saikia, who herself is an engineer in NASA, Mike visited Assam several times in the past. Additionally, he also conducted four interactive telephone sessions with the students of four institutions in North East (DibrugarhUniversity, Axam Jatiyo Vidyalaya, Guwahati, St Anthony’s College, Shillong and CentralUniversity, Imphal) from the ISS in 2008 and 2009.