On This Day in IUPUI History: November 30, 1997

November 30, 1997. 

On this day, IUPUI and IU School of Medicine graduate and astronaut David A. Wolf had sixteen minutes of face time with his family on the Sunday after Thanksgiving while orbiting earth in the MIR space station. This technical feat was owing to efforts by IUPUI UITS (University Information Technology Services) wizards David Donaldson and Michael Jasiak. It was the first videoconference of its kind for NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), according to press accounts.

Wolf, an Indianapolis native, received an electrical engineering degree from Purdue University at West Lafayette. He later graduated from the IU School of Medicine in 1982. He joined NASA and in 1990 started his training to be an astronaut. He went to space on several missions.

David A. Wolf visit to campus, 2010

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Updated Nov 30, 2018 by Editor Name Missing