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'Space-out' Souvenir to be Presented to Minnesota State Mankato

T-shirt traveled to space and back.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 4-22-2014

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato officials will be presented on Friday, April 25 with a school T-shirt that has made quite a trek in getting back home.

The shirt is a gift from Bruce Neischwitz, a former Minnesota State Mankato graduate student who today is an athletic trainer for NASA’s Astronaut Strength, Conditioning and Rehabilitation team. Neischwitz, who attended Minnesota State Mankato in the mid-1990s, will give a lecture on his work Thursday, April 24.

On Friday he will present University officials with a shirt that was part of a NASA flight to the International Space Station.

The shirt, now encased in a frame, will be given to Minnesota State Mankato along with a photograph of the shirt in the International Space Station. The gifts will be presented at 1 p.m. Friday in the Hearth Lounge in the lower level of the Centennial Student Union.

Neischwitz’s team is responsible for ensuring the health, fitness and safety of astronauts from suiting up to navigating zero-gravity situations. He will discuss his work in a presentation at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 24 in Room 245 of the Centennial Student Union. The talk is free and open to the public, as is the presentation on Friday.

For more information, contact Patrick Sexton, Director of Athletic Training Education in the Human Performance Department at or by phone at 507-389-2092.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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