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  6500 East Arapahoe Road, Boulder, CO 80301

For Immediate Release

Randy Barber
BVSD Chief Communications Officer


NASA Astronaut Jack Fischer to Return Home

Centaurus High School graduate to speak to alma mater after returning from the International Space Station

LAFAYETTE - After 136 days in space and two spacewalks, NASA Astronaut, U.S. Air Force Colonel and Centaurus alum Jack Fisher is back on Earth. On November 16 and 17 he is planning on returning to his home state of Colorado, where he will get a hero’s welcome from two BVSD schools he attended.

Fisher grew up in Louisville and attended Louisville Middle School and Centaurus High School, in Lafayette. He is expected to visit both, as well as a stop at Louisville Elementary School, where he will speak about his time at the International Space Station where he served as Flight Engineer during Expedition 51/52. 

Astronaut Jack Fischer Returns Home
Centaurus High School - Assembly 
10300 W South Boulder Road in Lafayette
November 16, 9:20 - 10 a.m.

Centaurus High School - Engineering Classes
10300 W South Boulder Road in Lafayette
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Louisville Elementary School - Assembly
400 Hutchinson Street in Louisville
Friday, November 17, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

Louisville Middle School - Assembly
1341 Main Street in Louisville
Friday, November 17, 10:30 - 12 p.m.

While circling the Earth, he had the opportunity to conduct a number of science experiments, including one crafted by Centaurus students. It investigated the growth of bacteria in space, something that may have real-life implications during future long-term missions.

Col. Fischer graduated from Centaurus High School in 1992. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Astronautical Engineering from the U.S. Air Force Academy, and a Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Additionally, Fischer earned the rank of Colonel in the Air Force and has served as a pilot with over 3,000 flight hours in more than 45 types of aircraft. Fischer’s bio and high quality photos are available online at

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