Albion College graduate to travel to International Space Station


As a child, the only thing Josh Cassada wanted to do was play Major League Baseball.

But when his fastball topped out at about 80 miles per hour, and it became clear to him that it was likely as fast as it would ever be, he knew he needed to start looking for another job.

Combining his two passions for physics and aviation, Cassada set out on a path that will now ultimately lead him to outer space.

The 1995 Albion College graduate will travel to the International Space Station as part of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission as early as next week. NASA and SpaceX are currently targeting no earlier than noon Oct. 5 for the launch, with a tentative backup date of Oct. 7. NASA is also considering Oct. 6, Oct. 8 and Oct. 9 as potential launch dates.

The launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida has been repeatedly delayed by Hurricane Ian.

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“Anytime someone’s dream comes true it is very exciting,” Nicolle Zellner, chair of the physics department at Albion College, said in a release. “Josh has said from the beginning that this is what he wanted to do and he is doing it.”

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