Former Albion College student to take part in NASA mission to space station

ALBION, Michigan – A former Albion College student heads into space. Josh Cassandra will be part of NASA’s SpaceX Crew-5 mission to the International Space Station.

According to NASA, Cassandra was born in San Diego, California. He graduated from White Bear Lake Area High School in White Bear Lake, Minnesota in 1991.

Cassandra went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Physics from Albion College in 1995. In 2000, he earned a Ph.D. in Physics with a specialty in high-energy particle physics from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.

Cassandra was also commissioned a naval officer in 2000 and became a naval aviator in 2001. In 2022 he began flying with VP-8’s Fighting Tigers, stationed in Brunswick Maine. He served in multiple operations including Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and multi-service tsunami relief operations during Operation Unified Assistance. In 2011, he became the Head of Flight Operations for DCMA Boeing Seattle.

Cassandra is the co-founder of Quantum Opus, LLC, which provides high-speed, low-loss photon detectors for next-generation experiments in quantum optics, optical quantum computing, single-photon communication, low-flux biophotonics, and remote sensing.

In 2013, Cassandra was selected as one of eight members of 21st NASA astronaut class.

Cassandra is the first astronaut to attend Albion College. The school plans to host a launch event that will air for students, staff, and faculty on Monday, October 3.

“This is a once-in-a-lifetime event and the Albion College community is so proud of Josh and all he has accomplished,” Albion College said.

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