Your chance to hear from an astronaut


SANDY Magnus, aerospace engineer and former NASA astronaut who spent 4.5 months on the International Space Station, will be giving a free public talk in Canberra on Thursday May 14 at 6pm.

Dr Sandra H. “Sandy” Magnus is the Executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), the world’s largest technical society dedicated to the global aerospace profession. Born and raised in Belleville, Ill., Dr Magnus attended the Missouri University of Science and Technology, graduating in 1986 with a degree in physics and in 1990 with a master’s degree in electrical engineering. She also holds a Ph.D. from the School of Materials Science and Engineering at Georgia Tech (1996).

Selected to the NASA Astronaut Corps in April, 1996, Dr Magnus flew in space on the STS-112 shuttle mission in 2002, and on the final shuttle flight, STS-135, in 2011. In addition, she flew to the International Space Station on STS-126 in November 2008, served as flight engineer and science officer on Expedition 18, and returned home on STS-119 after four and a half months on board. Following her assignment on Station, she served at NASA Headquarters in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. Her last duty at NASA, after STS-135, was as the deputy chief of the Astronaut Office.

This is a free event but registration is essential. All are welcome. Secure your seat at

Date: Thursday 14 May 2015
Time: Doors will open at 6:00pm for a 6:30pm start
Location: Adams Auditorium, Building 111, Australian Defence Force Academy, Off Gallipoli Rd, Canberra

[Photo: “ISS and Endeavour seen from the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft 14” by NASA/Paolo Nespoli – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.]

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