This week, five American astronauts have set off a more down-to-earth tour of Poland. Five out of the six members of the Space Shuttle Endeavour crew will be visiting several Polish cities at the invitation of the Polish American Freedom Foundation, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw and U.S. Consulate General in Krakow.
One of the astronauts, George Zamka, visited Wrocław and met with students of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Wrocław University today, 10 May. He will also travel around the Dolnośląsk area. Pilot Terry Virts will visit the south of Poland, including a visit to Niepolomice Castle outside Krakow. Mission Specialists Kathryn Hire, Dr. Nicholas Patrick, and Dr. Stephen Robinson will also be in Poland this week. During their trip, the astronauts will mainly meet with schoolchildren and university students to speak about their experiences and about future NASA plans. All five of the astronauts will be in Warsaw 13-14 May.