NASA astronaut Col. Robert Kimbrough will lecture at USQ on September 12.
NASA astronaut Col. Robert Kimbrough will lecture at USQ on September 12.

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NASA astronaut Colonel Robert S. Kimbrough will be sharing his experiences in space and discussing the future of NASA in a special lecture at the University of Southern Queensland's Toowoomba campus.

The renowned astronaut joined the NASA team at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston, Texas in 2000 and completed his first spaceflight in 2008.

Col Kimbrough has logged a total of 15 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes and 37 seconds in space and 12 hours and 52 minutes of Extra-vehicular Activity in two spacewalks.

Col Kimbrough currently serves as the Robotics Branch Chief for the Astronaut Office.

He will be joined by NASA International Space Station Risk Manager Michael Lutomski and NASA Education Specialist Monica Trevathan.

The presentation is a collaborative project between USQ and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Future Leaders group, titled Humans in Space - Sharing the Experience and the Future at NASA.

USQ staff member and event organiser Christopher Watson said the presentation was open to all USQ staff and students

"It's a really exciting opportunity for our students,'' Mr Watson said.

"Col Kimbrough will be sharing his personal experiences with space flight and Mr Lutomski and Ms Trevathan will join in the discussion to talk about the future of NASA.

"I think students will be inspired by the presentation and intrigued by what they can learn about the future of space exploration."

Students and staff will also have the opportunity to ask the NASA team questions after the presentation.

Professor Marie Kavanagh, who is coordinating the visit by the team, said "They have a busy itinerary while at USQ.

"The team will deliver professional development sessions to teachers and be keynote speakers at the annual Sustainability conferences for primary and high school students at the Springfield campus.

"They are also travelling to Fraser Coast campus to engage with the community through a number of forums as part of the Technology Challenge event.''

The presentation will be held at the Allison Dickson Lecture Theatre on Wednesday, September 12, from 6pm until 7.30pm.

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