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NASA Astronaut Lands on Salt Spring: Friday

    Local News    March 11, 2019

From space tourism to settlements on Mars, what is humanity’s future in space? How dangerous is space travel to human health? What benefits do we obtain from space research?

Dr. Serena Auñón-Chancellor returned to Earth from the International Space Station in December—after 197 days in space. On Friday, March 15th at 7:30 PM at ArtSpring, this accomplished engineer-physician-astronaut joins the Salt Spring Forum for a candid discussion about the opportunities, hazards, and health science of space travel, as well as the challenges facing women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Dr. Auñón-Chancellor was already working for NASA as a Flight Surgeon when she was selected to become an astronaut ten years ago. After extensive physical, psychological, flight, and survival training, she spent two months collecting meteorites on the Antarctic icecap. She also spent nine months working in Russia, supporting medical operations for the International Space Station.

Most recently, Dr. Auñón-Chancellor travelled to the International Space Station as Flight Engineer. During this expedition, the crew contributed to hundreds of experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science. Investigations were even led into new cancer treatment methods.

When you were a child, did you want to become an astronaut? Are you curious about humanity’s future in space? Do you just want to meet a truly amazing and inspiring person? Join the Salt Spring Forum in discussion with engineer, physician and astronaut Serena Auñón-Chancellor!

Tickets are currently on sale at ArtSpring – 250-537-2102 and online – and Salt Spring Books. $20 – General; $15 – 2019 Forum Members. (Complimentary tickets available upon request for those in need and for students by contacting forum@saltspringforum.com.)

*This event is generously sponsored by Country Grocer

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