NASA astronaut Stephanie D. Wilson, a veteran of three space flights who has logged more than 42 days in space (including most recently in 2010 on the shuttle Discovery) , will be making her next touchdown at this year’s eighth New Zealand International Science Festival taking place in Dunedin, from 30 June to 8 July 2012. Wilson was selected by NASA in April 1996 and, after completing two years of training and evaluation, qualified for her first flight assignment as a mission specialist.
Stephanie will be involved in a number of activities including:
- Workshops for children at Workshop Central, other venues, and the Otago Museum
- An evening at the Observatory
- A family Fun quiz night
- A demonstration in Wall Street with the physiology team from the University of Otago
- A major audiovisual presentation and talk about her experiences on Independence Day. This is one for all ages and not to be missed.
The full programme of events will be live on the scifest website on May 28, with bookings available from June 5. Bookings for workshops will be free, and tickets for the Independence day talk will be through www.ticketdirect.co.nz on Tuesday June 5