21st September 2017

An Evening of Astronaut Stories

Join us in Sydney on the 21st 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: Sydney University
Date: 21st September 2017
Time: 6:30pm - 9:00pm


Venue: Powerhouse Museum
Date: 21st September 2017
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm


STEM Workshop

Involving presentations and workshops, we are hoping to inspire a group of Years 8 – 10 students into STEM fields. Students across Sydney will be brought in to engage with astronaut(s) and local Sydney 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

Dr. Sandra Magnus

Dr. Sandra H. “Sandy” Magnus is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.

Selected to the NASA Astronaut Corps in April, 1996, Dr. Magnus flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months on board. Following her assignment on Station, she served at NASA Headquarters in the exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her last duty at NASA, after STS-135, was as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office.

While at NASA, Dr. Magnus worked extensively with the international community, including the European Space Agency (ESA) and the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA), as well as with Brazil on facility-type payloads. She also spent time in Russia developing and integrating operational products and procedures for the International Space Station.

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).

Fred Watson (Moderator)

Fred Watson comes from a long line of Freds, but was the first in his family to become a scientist. Known for pioneering the use of fibre optics in astronomy during the 1980s, he has been an astronomer at the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995. Fred is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, talks, and other outreach programs, which earned him the 2006 Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science. He has written a number of popular astronomy books, and has both a science-themed CD and an award-winning symphony libretto to his name. Fred holds adjunct professorial positions at five Australian universities, and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010 for his contributions to astronomy and space science. He has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won't be his fault.

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