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Life In Space With NASA Astronaut Doug Wheelock

Doug Wheelock has spent more than 178 days in space. He has been on six space walks, and describes the experience as trying to do a “ballet dance on fingertips,” where the slightest movement goes a long way.

In his almost two decades with NASA, he has spent six months as the Crew Support Astronaut for the International Space Station, served as liaison with Russia’s Cosmonaut Training Center, and trained both Russian and American astronauts for space trips. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Doug Wheelock about the latest research happening at the International Space Station and his experiences traveling to space.

Wheelock and his colleague Rex Walheim are in town with NASA's 'Driven to Explore' multimedia exhibit on view at the Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill today from 1-6 p.m. The exhibit travels to the Biotech Center in Raleigh tomorrow, and Walheim will be sharing his space stories at a "Nerd Night" event in RTP on Thursday and at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.