Welcome Home, Sam! Hopkins astrophysicist and astronaut Sam Durrance was officially welcomed home Tuesday, along with all the scientists involved with the Hopkins Ultraviolet Telescope project. "This has been, for me, an adventure on many, many levels," Dr. Durrance told about 150 people who attended a reception in the Schafler Auditorium at the Bloomberg Center for Physics and Astronomy. He was a payload specialist during the 16-day Astro-2 mission, on the space shuttle Endeavour, which returned to Earth on March 18. Steven Knapp, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, led the welcoming party. And astrophysicist Arthur Davidsen, who headed the HUT project, said the treasure of data collected by the telescope promises to yield "quite a few interesting discoveries, and we are all excited."
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