Nov. 4- 18, 2005
Vol. 35, Issue 19
Back Issues
Pay raises
ROTC: Molding military leaders

Warner: Idealism, not cynicism

Gibbs wins Thomas Jefferson Award
Edmundson: Failure is good
Moreno elected to Institute of Medicine
Letter to the editor
Green, Hamlin and Hudson elected AAAS Fellows
Rainey: Campaign will be 'defining event'
Peterson wins Lifetime Achievement Award
Researchers building terahertz spectrum device to study biological molecules
Students construct first ecoMOD house
Better voting machines
Scurry is new interim chief human resource officer
Algorithms with an edge
Math, 'Queen of the Sciences'
Fall drama festival
Street children in Kenya find homes
Wahoo space tourist Gregory Olsen to speak
Creative circle


Wahoo space tourist Gregory Olsen to speak

olsen spaceLess than two months ago, citizen space explorer Gregory H. Olsen (Engineering ’71) traveled more than 3 million miles in space. On Nov. 8 at 4 p.m. Olsen (above left) will speak in Newcomb Hall Theater about his recent 10-day mission to the International Space Station (ISS).

Aboard a Soyuz spacecraft, Olsen became the world’s third space tourist on Sept. 30, when he began more than a hundred orbits of Earth.

During his 10 days in space he performed three science experiments to study the human body’s reaction to the absence of gravity.

A scientist and entrepreneur, Olsen said the trip was worth the two years of preparation. “It was everything I expected. I’ve seen thousands of pictures of Earth, but just to see it with my own eyes and see how finite it is was a wondrous thing.”

Olsen hopes to use his flight experience to encourage young people, particularly inner-city youth, to pursue careers in science and education.

A number of Wahoos supported Olsen in his undertaking. Virginia-based Space Adventures Ltd., founded by Eric C. Anderson (Engineering ’97), arranged the Olsen space mission. (Anderson also is the author of the first-ever space travel guide, due out in November.) Astronomy student Heather Hershley (’05) directed a project to build a spectrometer for his flight. U.Va. professors Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf and William Jesser, both of whom worked with Olsen when he was a graduate student at the University, made the trip to Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to witness Olsen’s launch into orbit.

Anderson will join Olsen in a question-and-answer period following the presentation, and both men will attend a reception in the lobby of the Newcomb Hall Theater immediately following the session (5:30 to 7 p.m.). The presentation and reception are free and open to the public. For further information, please call 924-1381.


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