Astronaut and NASA Official Piers Sellers to Speak April 5 at Riderwood; Public is Invited to Attend

SILVER SPRING, MD (March 19, 2012) - Astronaut Piers Sellers, who is currently Deputy Director of the Science and Exploration Directorate at NASA/GSFC, will speak Thursday evening, April 5, at 7 :30 p.m.,  at Riderwood retirement community as part of the resident-run Science Lecture Series.  Sellers' talk,  "Flying in Space," will be accompanied by a movie and a power point account of his experiences and findings. The public is invited to this free lecture, which will be held in the Encore Theater at Riderwood, 3140 Gracefield Road, Silver Spring.  Seating is limited. Please RSVP to: Sellers was born and educated in the United Kingdom and moved to the US in 1982 to carry out climate research at NASA/GSFC. From 1982 to 1996, he worked on global climate problems, particularly those involving interactions between the biosphere and the atmosphere, and was involved in constructing computer models of the global climate system, satellite data interpretation and conducting large-scale field experiments in the USA, Canada, Africa and Brazil. He joined the NASA astronaut corps in 1996 and flew to the International Space Station (ISS) in 2002, 2006 and 2011, carrying out six spacewalks and working on ISS assembly tasks.  He came back to GSFC in June, 2011.