PUBLIC LECTURE BY PROF. GERNOT GROEMER- ASTRONOMER & ASTRONAUT

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You're all invited to a Public lecture by Prof. Gernot Groemer, an

astronomer, astronaut, and current president of the Austrian Space Forum,

which will be in celebration of human's achievements in space exploration

- called the "Yuris Night".

 

The Yuri’s Night – also called “The World Space Party” – named after Yuri

Gagarin, the first human to launch into space on 12th April 1961,  is an

international celebration held every 12th April to commemorate human

milestones in space exploration.

 

With the aim of  promoting awareness about space exploration and

contribution to creating a global community of young people committed to

shaping the future of space exploration in Kenya and beyond, the

Department of Physics is hosting the first ever Kenyan Yuri’s Night

celebrations at the CBPS, Millenium Hall 1, on 12th April, 2017 between 4

– 7 pm. This event is organized in partnership with the Space Generation

Advisory Council (SGAC), the National Commision for Science, Technology

and Innovation (NACOSTI) and the Travelling Telescope (TT). The Chief

Guest will be Prof. Gernot Groemer and the opening remarks shall be given

by eminent physics professor Joseph Otieno Malo.

 

ABOUT DR. GERNOT GROEMER

 

Gernot Groemer holds a PhD in astrobiology and a master's degree in

astronomy from the University of Innsbruck. He is also a graduate of the

International Space University's space studies program in Houston/ Texas

hosted by the NASA Johnson Space Center focusing on Mars exploration

programs.

 

In 1998, he worked as a teaching associate for the International Space

University at its NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland/ Ohio, and was

one of the founders of the Space Generation Forum of the UN Program on

Space Applications, where he still serve on the Honorary Board. He has

also had several research sojourns in Italy, South Korea, U.S.A and Chile.

 

In 2003 and 2006, he was elected as European analog-astronaut for a

simulated Mars expedition at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah. He

served as station astronomer and crew health and safety officer.

 

In 2004, he participated in a flight team on board the Airbus A-300

zero-gravity flight program, conducting a series of medical experiments,

accumulating 30 minutes of weightlessness.

 

In 2013, he led a 23-nation Mars expedition simulation managing the

polAres research program in northern Sahara. He currently serves as a

board member of the Austrian Space Forum, managing the polAres research

program to develop advanced spacesuit simulator for human Mars expeditions

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