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US Navy captain from Nashville receives items sent to space


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – A U.S. Navy Captain from Nashville received a number of items sent into space and returned to the Naval Medical Research Unit in San Antonio.

During a presentation at the Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas, NASA Astronaut U.S. Army Colonel Andrew Morgan returned a command coin and a logo sticker he had brought with him. during a nine-month voyage aboard the International Space Station.

Morgan, the first military doctor in space, launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan to the ISS aboard the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft on July 20, 2019.

During his time in the space station, Morgan participated in a number of medical and technological experiments and missions, as well as a number of large-scale spacewalks that were planned.

“It has been an incredible personal honor to meet Colonel Morgan,” said US Navy Captain Ewell Hollis, NAMRU San Antonio operating officer. “NAMRU San Antonio is both humbled and proud to see our logo prominently displayed and sent into space on the 50th Anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission.”

According to Hollis, in Nashville, Tenn., the Naval Medical Research Community continues to work with NASA.

Hollis said: “The list of future astronauts from the Military Medical grade level will continue to grow, drawing on inspiration from forerunners like Dr. Morgan.

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