Astronaut to talk about space travel
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 harbournews.co.nz and click on Latest Edition to see a video about the 1994 Space Shuttle Flight 61 (STS-6).