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Travel into space with NASA astronaut


28 July 2011

Dr Greg Chamitoff has logged over 198 days in space.
Dr Greg Chamitoff has logged over 198 days in space.

On Tuesday 2 August, Dr Greg Chamitoff, NASA astronaut and adjunct professor at the University, will bring to life the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at a special Sydney Ideas event.

Through first-hand experience, photos and high definition video, Greg will immerse the audience in the wonder of space flight and provide an insight into the ongoing scientific benefits of NASA's space program.

Dr Chamitoff is talking as part of the Dean's International Lecture Series, presented by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

With over 198 days logged in space, in May this year he went back into space as Mission Specialist on the last flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-134) - the second last NASA space shuttle launch.

Greg carried out two spacewalks, the last of which marked the completion of the International Space Station assembly.

During the Endeavour Mission, Dr Chamitoff performed key operations with the Shuttle and Station Robotic Arms to install one of the great new observatories, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), which holds great promise for fundamental breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe. The AMS is a particle physics detector that studies background cosmic radiation for clues to how the universe was formed.

Much of Greg's career was spent in engineering research related to flight and space travel before he was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in 1998. He then began the rigorous training required to qualify for a spaceflight, achieving his dream in 2008. His preparation included being a crew member, for nine days in 2002, on the Aquarius undersea research habitat, as part of a NASA Extreme Environment Mission Operation.

Greg returns to Sydney, where from 1993 to 1995, he taught courses in flight dynamics and control, and led a research group in the development of flight control techniques for autonomous aircraft.

This is Greg's second lecture as part of the Dean's International Lecture Series, presented by the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.

Please note this event is fully booked but media passes are available.


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