Canberra
19th September 2017

An Evening of Astronaut Stories

Join us in Canberra on the 19th September 2017 for an evening of astronaut stories. We invite you to hear their stories of their time in space and ask your questions to our astronaut panel. Discussion will be mediated by an Australian voice.


Venue: UNSW Canberra
Date: 19th September 2017
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm

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Venue: UNSW Canberra
Date: 19th September 2017
Time: 10:00am - 3:00pm

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STEM Workshop

Involving presentations and workshops, we are hoping to inspire a group of Years 8 – 10 students into STEM fields. Students across Canberra will be brought in to engage with astronaut(s) and local Canberra role models. They will listen to our presenters' stories of space and STEM in Australia. This will follow with a series of hands-on workshops with the astronauts and STEM role models.

Within the schools the goal is to have a broad range of students in attendance. By bringing in a diverse group, the aim is to provide opportunities and to make distinct impacts: to inspire and motivate students who were not previously interested in STEM or did not see a future in it for themselves.

To enquire about getting your school involved, please contact us using the link.

Astronauts & Speakers

Col. Pamela Melroy

Selected as an astronaut candidate (pilot) by NASA in December 1994, Colonel Pamela Melroy has logged more than 924 hours (more than 38 days) in space.

During her time as an astronaut, Pam has had numerous roles, including: astronaut support for launch and landing, advanced projects in the Astronaut Office and Capsule Communicator (CAPCOM). She served on the Columbia Reconstruction Team as the lead for the crew module and served as Deputy Project Manager for the Columbia Crew Survival Investigation Team. In her final position at NASA, she served as Branch Chief for the Orion branch of the Astronaut Office.

Since retiring as an astronaut in 2009, Pam has taken on many interesting roles. First as the Deputy Program Manager, Space Exploration Initiatives with Lockheed Martin. Then, in 2011 Pam joined the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) in the Office of Commercial Space Transportation as a senior technical advisor. As of 2013, Pam serves as Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office, at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).


Marija Jovanovich (Moderator)

SQNLDR Marija Jovanovich is a Test Pilot and Flight Commander at the Aircraft Research and Development Unit at RAAF Base Edinburgh. Marija joined the RAAF in 2001 and studied at ADFA from 2001 to 2004. She underwent flying training on the CT-4B and PC-9/A aircraft and graduated from No 206 Pilots Course in 2006. She went on to fly the P3 Orion aircraft, becoming involved in operations and exercises all over the world. In 2013, Marija attended the United States Air Force Test Pilot School flying 23 types of aircraft during the course. Marija regularly presents on the importance of women in STEM fields and the importance of STEM education.


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