NASA Astronaut and Waterbury native Rick Mastracchio arrived at the International Space Station this morning, just six hours after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Russian Soyuz spacecraft.

Mastracchio took the journey with Soyuz Commander Mikhail Tyurin of the Russian Federal Space Agency and Flight Engineer Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. There are now nine crew members aboard the orbiting facility until November 10 when Russian Cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg of NASA, and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency return home.

CTTechJunkie covered the launch live on our YouTube channel. We were joined by Robert Cizauskas from the Waterbury Police Activity League, who helped connect Waterbury elementary school students to Mastracchio’s mission. Cizauskas called in from a watch party being held in Waterbury to celebrate Mastracchio’s journey.

Mastracchio will return to Earth in May aboard the same spacecraft that brought him to the station.

Lon Seidman

Lon Seidman

Lon Seidman is the host and producer of “Lon.TV,” a consumer technology video show that is on a number of platforms including YouTube and Amazon. He creates in-depth, consumer-friendly product reviews and commentary. His YouTube channel has over 300,000 subscribers and more than 100 million views.

In addition to being a full-time content creator, Lon is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford (his alma mater) where he teaches a course in entrepreneurial content creation.

Prior to becoming a full-time creator, Lon was a partner at The Safety Zone, his family’s business that manufactures gloves and safety equipment. The company has locations around the globe and employs over 200 people worldwide. The Safety Zone was acquired by the Genuine Parts Corporation in 2016.

Lon is also active in public service, serving as the Chairman of the Essex Board of Education, a member of the Region 4 Board of Education, and as the Secretary / Treasurer of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education. He was endorsed by both Democrats and Republicans for his re-election in 2021.

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