The International Space University (ISU) is pleased to confirm that the International Astronaut Panel as part of this year’s Space Studies Program (SSP15) now features Jack Schmitt, Sergei Krikalev, Bob Thirsk and Paolo Nespoli.
The four astronauts, representing the American, Russian, Canadian and European space agencies, will participate in a round table conference, open to the general public, in the evening of 17th June 2015 from 20.30 to 23.00 in the Baker Center Ballroom, OHIO University, Athens, USA. The four space explorers represent 40 years of space exploration on most every vehicle to carry humans into space and orbit Earth during that time.
- Harrison Jack Schmitt – Apollo 17 and only scientist to walk on the moon, as ex-US senator he will also be able to highlight the political importance of space activities
- Sergei Krikalev, Russia’s preeminent cosmonaut and rocket scientist who is presently world record holder of the duration spent in space and was the only human having been in space alone on board of a spacecraft for several months
- Bob Thirsk, Canadian astronaut who has flown Shuttle, Soyuz and served as an Expedition crewmember on the International Space Station, now chancellor of one of the most important Canadian Universities
- Paolo Nespoli, an ESA astronaut who was on board ISS with Shuttle and Soyuz experience; an Italian professional engineer and parachutist jumpmaster.
The Astronaut Panel, conducted in English, is a longstanding highlight in SSP sessions. The roundtable format gives the participants and public a direct occasion to ask a broad range of questions to a number of astronauts in an interactive mode. This panel of space explorers was selected on the basis of their varied international, interdisciplinary and intercultural backgrounds, which will highlight a contrasting variety of spaceflight experience. The panel’s experience ranges from intensive short-duration flights to long-duration stay on board space stations, and includes spaceflights aboard Apollo, Soyuz, Shuttle, MIR and the International Space Station.
For all those interested in space, this is a great opportunity to come and learn from the experts, who have seen it for themselves.