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NASA astronaut Piers Sellers dies at 61

NASA astronaut Piers Sellers dies at 61
24 Dec 2016
  • Astronaut Piers Sellers died of pancreatic cancer in Houston today; he was 61 years old.
  • Sellers was born in Crowborough, East Sussex, Britain.
  • He began working for the United States space agency as a scientist in 1982 and in 1996, he joined its astronaut corps.
  • According to NASA, Dr Sellers was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in 2015.

  • About Piers Sellers
  • Born on 11th April, 1955, Piers John Sellers was a British-American meteorologist, NASA astronaut and Director of the Earth Science Division at NASA/GSFC.
  • He held a bachelor's degree in ecological science and a doctorate in biometeorology.
  • His work as the Director of the Earth Science Division involved climate system computer modeling and field work utilizing aircraft satellites and ground support input.

  • How Sellers joined the astronaut corps
  • Piers Sellers once said, "When I was a kid, I watched the Apollo launches from across the ocean, and I thought NASA was the holy mountain. I came over here to see if I could climb that mountain."
  • He was selected by NASA to become an astronaut candidate in April 1996; he reported to the NASA Johnson Space Center.

  • Piers Seller's citizenship
    The Astronaut corps is open only to US citizens but Dr. Sellers wanted to keep his name before the astronaut board. In 1991, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States and in 1996 became a part of NASA's largest astronaut training group.

    Piers Sellers in Space
  • Sellers made 3 flights to the International Space Station from 2002 to 2010.
  • He logged 35 days in space during the shuttle missions.
  • In an op-ed that he wrote in the New York Times, Sellers wrote, "As an astronaut, I spacewalked 220 miles (354 km) above the Earth."
  • "From this God's eye-view, I saw how fragile and infinitely precious the Earth is," he wrote.

  • Sellers as an eloquent spokesman
  • In the late years of his life, Sellers gained fame for his eloquent commentary about the earth's fragility.
  • In his op-ed, he wrote, "Floating alongside the International Space Station, I watched hurricanes cartwheel across oceans, the Amazon snake its way to the sea through a brilliant green carpet of forest, and gigantic night-time thunderstorms flash and flare for hundreds of miles along the equator."

  • Reactions to Seller's death
  • NASA administrator Charles Bolden described Sellers as a "tremendous public servant dedicated to NASA, the nation and the world."
  • "Spacewalker and scientist, free thinker and our planet's friend, to say he will be missed would be a gross understatement."
  • Headmaster of Seller's former school, Dr. Weeds said, "He has made an enormous contribution to his field of science. We are devastated by the news."

  • Sellers on his work
    On his work, Sellers said, "Work is fascinating- I love the office, whether it is in a space suit or in a real office. I've always loved work."

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