Astronaut Panel at the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program


On 12th January, a public event was organized in the center of Adelaide focusing on astronaut activities in the framework of ISU’s Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program (SH-SSP). The panel was sponsored by the Royal Astronomical Society (RAS) of Australia.

The international astronaut panel was introduced by Dr. Graziella Caprarelli from the University of South Australia (UniSA), co-director of the program and moderated by Dr. Omar Hatamleh, SH-SSP17 director.

Requirements to become an astronaut and astronaut training were first explained by Dr. Walter Peeters, based upon his experience with European Astronaut activities.

shsspastro2Dr. Soyeon Yi, the Korean astronaut, as well as ISU SSP alumna (SSP09) then provided some scientific highlights of her flight. She also demonstrated the challenges of a stay in space, mixed with very interesting personal experiences.

An audience of close to 200 participants followed the presentations with large interest. They were afterwards encouraged to participate in a Q&A session, whereby priority was given to the many young and very interested participants in the audience. Also questions received via social media were dealt with in parallel.

At the end of the session signatures were given by Soyeon Yi in particular to the many children present. The event emphasized again the increasing impact of ISU in Australia by bringing space activities closer to the general public.

Photo credits: Rose Tasker