Former NASA astronaut Sandy Magnus, who flew two missions to the International Space Station, will speak at RMIT University on Thursday, 21 May.
Dr Magnus is the executive director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession.
She is in Australia to present Perspectives from Space - an evening of stories, experiences and perspectives gained over her years as an astronaut.
Event organiser, Associate Professor Cees Bil, from RMIT said the event is a great opportunity to hear about her passion for aerospace engineering and science.
“This is an opportunity for Dr Magnus to talk about her own wide and varied career which has provided her with a unique perspective on how to achieve your career goals,” he said.
“She has flown several times on the Space Shuttle – including visits to the International Space Station – and although she is not an active astronaut anymore, she’s happy to talk about her space travels and her passion for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education.”
Dr Magnus joined the NASA Astronaut Corps in 1996, where she flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011.
In 2008 she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126, serving as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months on board.
She also 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.
RMIT is a national leader in with a diverse range of programs in aerospace engineering and aviation; long-standing industry connections; and extensive expertise in education and research.
What: Perspectives from Space-American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
When: Thursday, 21 May, 8pm – 9.30pm
Where: RMIT University, Swanston Academic Building, Level 2, Room 7, 445 Swanston St Melbourne.
RSVP: Bookings essential
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