As­tro­naut to talk about life in space

The Welland Tribune - - Local -

Dr. Dafydd (Dave) Rhys Wil­liams wanted to be an as­tro­naut from the time he watched Alan Shep­ard launch on the first Amer­i­can sub­or­bital flight on May 5, 1961.

“Eleven days be­fore my sev­enth birth­day, I com­mit­ted to a new goal: one day, I would fly in outer space,” the Cana­dian as­tro­naut says on a web page pub­lisher Si­mon & Schus­ter Canada has ded­i­cated to his new book.

Wil­liams will talk about “De­fy­ing Lim­its: Lessons from the Edge of the Uni­verse,” re­leased in Oc­to­ber, at the Cana­dian Au­thors Se­ries at the Roselawn Cen­tre on Tues­day, Nov. 13.

The book shares the events that have de­fined the as­tro­naut’s life, “show­ing us that whether we’re grav­ity-de­fy­ing as­tro­nauts or earth­bound ter­res­tri­als, we can all live an in­fi­nite, ful­filled life by rel­ish­ing the value and im­por­tance of each mo­ment.”

“The great­est fear that we all face is not the fear of dy­ing, but the fear of never hav­ing lived. Each of us is greater than we be­lieve. And, to­gether, we can ex­ceed our lim­its to soar far­ther and higher than we ever imag­ined,” the web page about his book says.

An Or­der of Canada mem­ber, Wil­liams flew on the space shut­tles Columbia and En­deav­our and be­came Canada’s first dual as­tro­naut and aqua­naut.

Wil­liams faced set­backs and chal­lenges dur­ing his time as an

as­tro­naut in­clud­ing the loss of friends in the Columbia dis­as­ter, and a cancer di­ag­no­sis that nearly pre­vented him from re­turn­ing to space.

He lived un­der­sea for weeks and logged more than 687 hours in space, in­clud­ing three space­walks, the high­est num­ber of space­walks ever per­formed in a sin­gle mis­sion.

For in­for­ma­tion on the au­thors se­ries and tick­ets, visit thecana­di­a­nau­thorsseries.ca or www.face­book.com/TheCana­di­a­nAu­thorsSeries.

Sea­son’s tick­ets are avail­able for $160 and sin­gle evening tick­ets are $30 and can be pur­chased at Port Col­borne Pub­lic Li­brary.

SPE­CIAL TO THE WEL­LAND TRI­BUNE

Dr. Dafydd (Dave) Rhys Wil­liams will talk about De­fy­ing Lim­its: Lessons from the Edge of the Uni­verse, re­leased in Oc­to­ber, at the Cana­dian Au­thors Se­ries at the Roselawn Cen­tre on Tues­day, Nov. 13.

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