Liftoff! NASA Astronaut Dr Gregory Chamitoff to speak at UWS

Gregory Chamitoff in the Space Station Endeavour  

If you've ever wondered what it's like to live and work in space, former NASA astronaut, Dr Gregory Chamitoff will be offering a behind-the-scenes peek at life on board the International Space Station at a public lecture to celebrate the University of Western Sydney's 25th anniversary.

Dr Chamitoff will deliver his lecture on Wednesday, June 18 at the UWS Campbelltown Campus at 6.30pm. The event is being organised by UWS and the Macarthur Astronomical Society.

To give the audience some idea of what it's really like to live and work in space, Dr Chamitoff, who has notched up 198 days in space, will show some amazing imagery and video from his time working on the International Space Station. In 2008, he served as the flight engineer and science officer for a 6-month mission aboard the International Space Station.  

Dr Chamitoff also served as a mission specialist on the 25th and final flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour in 2011. During this mission, he performed operations with the shuttle and International Space Station robotic arms, including the installation of a pallet and of spare equipment and a particle physics observatory called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, which holds great promise of fundamental breakthroughs in our understanding of the Universe. Dr Chamitoff also performed two spacewalks, the last of which marked the completion of station assembly and was the final spacewalk of the Space Shuttle program.

As places are limited for this popular event, registration is required.

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27 May 2014