Astronaut Tingle Could Be Chosen to Journey To the Moon By 2024
CANTON — Superintendent Jill Rossetti is pleased to announce that Blue Hills Regional Technical School graduate Scott Tingle has been chosen as a member of NASA’s Artemis Team and could possibly be a part of the next mission to the Moon.
Tingle recently spent six months aboard the International Space Station in 2018 and now will be part of a group of 18 prospective astronauts who could journey to the Moon by 2024.
“Scott has always been an inspiration for all of our students,” Superintendent Rossetti said. “He is kind, hardworking and overall an excellent role model for students at Blue Hills. We are excited for this new project and will be following his story closely over the next four years.”
The main goal of the Artemis Team is to land one woman and one man on the lunar surface by 2024 in order to establish sustainable exploration of the Moon. They would then use data and knowledge of their mission to prepare a mission to Mars.
Tingle graduated from Blue Hills in 1983 and is a native of Randolph. He earned his Master of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1988 from Purdue University before flying for over 4,000 hours in 48 different types of aircraft.
He was also a captain in the U.S. Navy. His decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, six Navy Commendation Medals to include a Combat V, four Navy Achievement Medals and various unit commendations.
Tingle was selected in July 2009 as one of nine members of the 20th NASA astronaut class, from a pool of 3,500 applicants.
Tingle has returned to Blue Hills over the years to talk with students about his journey to the International Space Station and how he became an astronaut. His talks center on the value of the education he received at Blue Hills, as well as his professional and life experiences.
Most importantly, Tingle tells students to dream big and never give up, because that’s exactly what he did.
“We are so proud of Scott and his accomplishments,” Superintendent Rossetti said. “He has come back to talk with our students and has always encouraged them to think big and work hard to achieve their goals, which is something we know he did. It means a lot that someone as accomplished as Scott is such a positive proponent of the technical and vocational education model that we provide here at Blue Hills.”