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An evening with astronaut Tony Antonelli - Canterbury

Please note this venue is fully accessible.
Concessions available for: children, students (with ID), over 60s & registered disabled.
Past event - 2019
03 Jul Doors 7pm
Event 7.30 to 9.30pm
Sibson Lecture Theatre 3, University of Kent, Park Wood Road,
Canterbury CT2 7FS
To mark the 50th anniversary of the moon landing we're hosting some special astronaut events. Tonight in Canterbury hear from former NASA astronaut Tony Antonelli, who has piloted two space shuttles to the International Space Station. Concessions available for: children, students (with ID), over 60s & registered disabled.

Piloting a NASA Space Shuttle into space

Tony Antonelli (NASA astronaut and Commander US Navy (retired))
Tony has served as a Commander of the US Navy as well as being a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School. As a pilot, he has accumulated over 3,200 hours in 41 different kinds of aircraft. He was selected as a NASA pilot in 2000 and flew his first mission in space as the pilot of the Space Shuttle Discovery in March 2009. He also served as a pilot on the Space Shuttle Atlantis.

Tony has logged a total of 24 days, 3 hours, 57 minutes and 35 seconds in space. He is the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal and various service awards. Come and hear what it's like to pilot a Space Shuttle!

Can we avoid the contamination of Mars with Earth microbes during a crewed mission?

Dr Anastasios Tsaousis (Senior Lecturer in Molecular Parasitology)
Dr Anastasios Tsaousis from the University of Kent will present a short overview on the human microbiome with special focus on the skin microbiome. His discussion will include how our microbial "cloud", which is individual, follows us everywhere. In fact, within 24 hours of checking into a hotel, the microbial profile of your hotel room resembles that of your home!

If we send humans to Mars, we send billions of microorganisms with them. How should we face this issue? And what are we currently doing at the forefront of research?

Image credit: Mitzi Selman

In partnership with:

This event is being held with thanks to ISSET. ISSET works in partnership with some of the world's leading space organisations to deliver unique learning opportunities for students of all ages. They utilise space and space exploration to inspire and motivate people of all ages to believe that they can become what they want to be. Visit isset.org for more information.

Please confirm at the checkout that you are happy for your ticket money to be treated as a donation to ISSET.