Australian Institute of Physics

South Australian Branch

Public lecture

Details of a
presented by the
Australian Institute of Physics
(SA branch)

at 7:30 pm on Friday 8th July 2005 in

Union Hall at the University of Adelaide

"Human Space Exploration - Space Shuttle, Space Station, and Beyond"

by Colonel Pamela Melroy ,

BSc (Wellesley College), MSc (MIT)
Colonel, United States Air Force;
NASA Astronaut

The human exploration of space presents many challenges and many rewards. Similar to the explorers of previous centuries, astronauts and cosmonauts must deal with isolation and deprivation while dealing with the unexpected. Learn about the technical, personal and psychological aspects of exploring space through video, photographs and stories of Colonel Melroy's own experiences, and learn what is ahead for the human race.

Pamela Melroy joined the United States Air Force while a student and after completing her Masters degree undertook Pilot Training, graduating in 1985. Following work as co-pilot, aircraft commander and instructor pilot, she took part in Just Cause and Desert Shield/Desert Storm, with over 200 combat and combat support hours. In June 1991 she began training as a test pilot and worked in this role until her selection for the astronaut program. She has logged over 5000 hours flight time in over 45 different aircraft. Pamela Melroy was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in December 1994 and after a year of training qualified for flight assignment as a shuttle pilot. She has served as pilot on two flights involving the installation of parts of the International Space Station, logging 562 hours in space.

Picture from the lecture:

Pamely Melroy talks about the International Space Station to an audience of about 400 people.