The Fogarty Foundation’s inspired vision to bring NASA Astronaut Andy Thomas to Perth was a resounding success.
Dr. Andy Thomas shared his fascinating experiences,career in space and the future of space travel with 750 primary and secondary school children, science teachers, UWA Fogarty Scholars, the corporate sector and the general public. During the public lecture a successful audio link up to the International Space Station through Argentina enabled Dr Thomas to talk to his astronaut wife, Shannon Walker. Eight secondary school children were also able to ask questions to Dr Shannon Walker on the space station.
A strong supporter of the Square Kilometre Array project in the Murchison, Dr Thomas threw his support behind Western Australia’s bid to be part of one of the largest international projects in history, saying it would have a profound impact on the nation.
Dr Thomas also lamented on Australia’s lack of foreign policy in space and its absence in contributing to the International Space Station. He saw involvement in space as bringing an infusion of technology, resources and skills into Australia and a source of profound inspiration to young people.
The Fogarty Foundation in collaboration with the University of Western Australia, ICRAR, ABC Radio, Curtin University of Technology, Scitech, Spice, Aspire UWA and the US Department of State were very excited to host Dr. Andy Thomas at the range of events and functions.
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