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Sea Star Base Galveston
News Release
Friday, May 12, 2017

NASA Astronaut to Appear at SSBG

GALVESTON, Texas -  NASA Astronaut Stephen G. Bowen will make an appearance at Sea Star Base Galveston, Saturday, May 20, during Meet a Mariner Day, an event of Maritime Week organized by the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce.

A project of the Doolin Maritime Career Pathways Committee of the Chamber, Maritime Week is a national observance and educational opportunity designed to spotlight the maritime industry and to introduce students to maritime vocations, May 19 - 22.

Captain Stephen G. Bowen, U.S. Navy, was the first submarine officer to be selected as an astronaut by NASA. Bowen is a veteran of STS-126, STS-132 and STS-133. The STS-126 mission was the 27th International Space Station (ISS) assembly mission. The crew delivered equipment and supplies as well as expanded the living quarters to house six-member crews aboard ISS. STS -132 delivered an Integrated Cargo Carrier and a Russian Mini Research Module. STS 133 delivered the Permanent Multipurpose Module and the fourth Express Logistics Carrier (ELC) to the station. He has logged more than 40 days in space including 47 hours and 18 minutes in seven spacewalks.

Upon completion of the submarine training pipeline Bowen spent three years attached to USS PARCHE (SSN 683) and completed qualification in Submarines on USS POGY (SSN 647). After attending the MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Ocean Engineering he reported to USS AUGUSTA (SSN 710) for duty as the Engineering Officer. During this tour Bowen qualified for command of nuclear powered submarines. In 1997, he reported to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) in the Office of Plans and Policy and worked on the USSOCOM Future Concepts Working Group. For 9 months in 1999, Bowen was the Reactor and Propulsion inspector for the Navy's Submarine Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV). In May 2000, he became the first Executive Officer of the Pre‐Commissioning Unit VIRGINIA (SSN 774), the first of the new VIRGINIA Class submarines.

In July 2000, Bowen was the first Submarine Officer selected by NASA as a Mission Specialist and reported for training at the Johnson Space Center in August 2000. Following the completion of two years of training and evaluation, he was initially assigned technical duties in the Astronaut Office Station Operations Branch. A veteran of three spaceflights, STS‐126 in 2008, STS‐132 in 2010, and STS‐133 in 2011, Bowen has logged a total of 40 days, 10 hours, 4 minutes and 37 seconds in space, including 47 hours and 18 minutes in seven spacewalks.

Meet a Mariner Day at Sea Star Base Galveston is 10 am – 3 pm, Saturday, May 20. Guests will meet professional mariners and board their vessels. Captain Bowen will speak about the similarities between space exploration and maritime experiences. Families are invited to attend, meet mariners, board boats, and tour the Sea Star Base. There is no fee to attend and parking is complimentary.

Maritime Day will be observed at Pier 21, Monday, May 22 where area students will visit the Texas A&M Training Ship from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm. National Maritime Day will be observed at a Commemoration Ceremony beginning at 3 pm. Participating in the commemoration are Odyssey Academy Singing Stars, Port of Galveston, U.S. Coast Guard, Galveston Texas City Pilots Assoc., MARAD, Texas A&M, Houston Pilots Assoc., T&T Marine, and the Ocean Start Offshore Drilling Rig Museum. Father Stelios Sitaras, Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church will offer the benediction and Karen Parsons will offer the invocation.

The Doolin Maritime Careers Camp, a weeklong residential camp that introduces students to maritime careers, July 30 thru August 5, 2017, is now accepting applications for students that are rising 8th to 10th grades. The camp is free of charge. Deadline for applications is May 1, 2017. Space is limited.

A program of the Doolin Maritime Committee of the Galveston Regional Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Texas A & M University at Galveston, the Careers Camp is designed to increase awareness, generate enthusiasm, and to introduce basic skills for maritime careers. Students will reside on campus in Texas A & M University Galveston student housing for the weeklong program that has been expanded this year to accommodate 40 students. For Camp sponsor information or Maritime Week  go to

For information on Sea Star Base Galveston go to

PHOTO: Astronaut Stephen G. Bowen

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