As­tro­naut to talk about space travel

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Star­dome Ob­ser­va­tory & Plan­e­tar­ium is giv­ing you the chance to meet an as­tro­naut.

NASA as­tro­naut Mar­sha Ivins will be talk­ing about the his­tory of hu­man space flight on Satur­day.

Ms Ivins re­tired from NASA in 2010 af­ter a 37 year ca­reer as an engi­neer and as­tro­naut.

She worked at the Lyn­don B. John­son Space Cen­ter in Hous­ton, Texas in 1974, work­ing in hu­man fac­tors and man-ma­chine en­gi­neer­ing on the de­vel­op­ment of Or­biter cock­pit lay­out, dis­plays and con­trols, and the Head-Up Dis­play.

In 1980 she was as­signed as a flight engi­neer on the Shut­tle Train­ing Air­craft and as a pi­lot on the NASA ad­min­is­tra­tive air­craft.

She holds a mul­ti­engine Air­line Trans­port Pi­lot Li­cense with Gulf­stream-1 type rat­ing, sin­gle en­gine aero­plane, land, sea, and glider com­mer­cial li­censes and aero­plane, in­stru­ment and glider flight in­struc­tor ratings.

Ms Ivins has logged more than 7000 hours in civil­ian and NASA air­craft. She was se­lected as an as­tro­naut in the class of 1984 as a mis­sion spe­cial­ist.

Ms Ivins has com­pleted five space flights – STS-32 in 1990, STS-46 in 1992, STS-62 in 1994, STS-81 in 1997, and STS-98 in 2001.

Dur­ing her time in the As­tro­naut Of­fice, she sup­ported the Space Shut­tle and Space Sta­tion pro­grammes in all ar­eas of op­er­a­tional crew in­ter­face, and was the As­tro­naut Of­fice ex­pert in flight crew equip­ment, hab­it­abil­ity, im­agery, and stowage.

Ms Ivins now works as an in­de­pen­dent en­gi­neer­ing con­sul­tant.

Go to auck­land­c­ity har­ and click on Lat­est Edi­tion to see a video about the 1994 Space Shut­tle Flight 61 (STS-6).

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