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Hometown astronaut Steve Swanson to share space stories Sunday night in Steamboat

Scott Franz

NASA astronaut Steve Swanson is pictured during a spacewalk to replace a failed backup computer relay box in the S0 truss of the International Space Station on April 22, 2014. He was accompanied on the spacewalk by fellow flight engineer Rick Mastracchio, of NASA, who can be seen as a tiny figure anchored several yards away reflected in Swanson's helmet visor.

— It won’t be a trip to the International Space Station, but it will be as close to one as you can get here on Earth.

Steamboat Springs astronaut Steve Swanson will be at the Bud Werner Memorial Library at 6 p.m. Sunday to share stories and photos from his recent mission aboard the ISS.

The event is free and open to anyone who wants to spend an evening learning about what it’s like to spend half a year living more than 200 miles above the Earth traveling at an average speed of 17,200 miles per hour.

Swanson was the commander of Expedition 40 and he helped carry out a number of experiments while in space.

On Sept. 11, Swanson roared back to Earth in a space capsule and landed in the plains of Kazakhstan at the end of a very memorable 169-day mission to space.

“The ground was wonderful,” Swanson told the Steamboat Today a few weeks after the landing. “It was nice to feel the weather again. My legs were a little wobbly when I walked, but I was happy. Life was great at that moment.”

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Swanson also reflected on his most memorable days on the station.

“Of course, doing the initial spacewalk was fun,” Swanson said. “And on some days, the auroras were just beautiful. Those were fantastic.”

He said the science experiments were his biggest accomplishments in space.

Prior to his most recent mission, Swanson went on two space shuttle missions in 2007 and 2009. He has lived for 195 days, 15 hours and 41 minutes in space, according to the announcement about Sunday’s event.

The library is putting on the event in partnership with Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210, email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @ScottFranz10

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