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AVAILABLE EXPERT: NASA's Orion launches into space

Friday, December 5, 2014

Queen’s University expert Nathalie Ouellette (Physics) is available to discuss the Orion spacecraft which was launched from the United States earlier this morning.

“NASA’s Space Shuttle Program has been on hiatus since mid-2011, but today’s Orion spacecraft launch bodes well for a return to manned space exploration in the near future,” says Ms. Ouellette. “The inaugural launch of the Orion craft will be unmanned, but will hopefully pave the way to the first manned missions to go beyond low-Earth orbit since the Apollo moon program.”

Ms. Ouellette is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Physics at Queen’s, and is the coordinator of the Queen’s Observatory.

“In times where NASA and other scientific organizations have suffered severe funding cuts, Orion (along with other recent successful missions such as Rosetta) should once again enflame the imagination of the public as we look towards our next target for manned exploration: Mars.”​

Please note that Ms. Ouellette is currently in California where there is a three hour time difference and is only available for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officer Rosie Hales at 613-533-6000 ext. 77513 or rosie.hales@queensu.ca or Anne Craig at 613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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