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John "Danny" Olivas
MINER SELECTED TO SECOND MISSION
Welcome to our site honoring Danny Olivas, a 1989 UTEP graduate and NASA astronaut.

Olivas has been selected for a second mission, STS-128, tenatively set for July 2009.

His first mission aboard space shuttle Atlantis was in June 2007.


Olivas is a self-described "average kid from El Paso" who went on to earn a Ph.D. and a role as a mission specialist in the astronaut program.

He hopes his story will inspire others to work hard and strive for excellence in everything they do.

Olivas: Rooftop Dreams Shape Destiny


Latest News

OLIVAS: BACK TO SPACE
    (July 16, 2008)
Touchdown! Atlantis returns
    (June 22, 1:51 p.m.)
NASA plays UTEP Fight Song 
    (June 18, 10:53 a.m.)
Olivas secures blanket 
    (June 15, 8:55 p.m.)
Shuttle repair Friday 
    (June 13, 9:28 p.m.)
Solar arrays roll out 
    (June 12, 9 p.m.)
Olivas steps into space 
    (June 11, 7:30 p.m.)
Successful launch 
    (June 8, 9:06 p.m.)


News archive

NASA Shuttle Program

Miner Mission Control

Live mission coverage on
the big screen of the
Atlantis landing at The
Mine Shaft, second floor,
Union East read more ...

Launch Blog

University Communications staff 2007 blog from launch site
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