NASA astronaut embarks on mission to University

Posted by ap507 at Oct 21, 2014 10:35 AM |
Space explorer Dr Stanley Love to visit campus on Wednesday 22 October
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Astronaut and planetary space scientist Dr Stanley Love (pictured) will be sharing his experience of Solar System exploration training and shedding light on what it takes to train for a career that is quite literally out of this world at the University on Wednesday 22 October.

Dr Love will be hosting three talks during his visit, which includes sessions with school children, University students, teachers and family visitors.

Dr Love said: “The continued exploration of our Solar System is central to our understanding of how the Earth was formed and, ultimately, the origins of life on our planet. Spaceflight analogs have helped to inform and develop new scientific techniques in our preparation for future space exploration of near-Earth asteroids and the planet Mars."

Selected by NASA as an astronaut in June 1998 and completing his first spaceflight in 2008 on the crew of the STS-122 – the 24th shuttle mission to visit the International Space Station (ISS) – Dr Love has spent more than 306 hours in space, including more than 15 hours of extra-vehicular activity (EVA) or spacewalks. He was part of a team of astronauts that installed the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Columbus laboratory on the ISS.



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