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Media Advisory - Feustel phones home: Ask an Astronaut event connects Queen's campus to space station

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

KINGSTON – On Friday, April 6, Queen’s alumnus and NASA astronaut Drew Feustel will connect with an audience at Queen’s University for a live video question and answer event from his post aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Dr. Feustel and his crewmates arrived at the ISS on March 23 to begin a eight-month mission involving two planned spacewalks and a variety of scientific experiments. He will be the next Canadian to take on the role of station Commander when he assume the role in June.

Queen’s faculty, staff, and students, as well as local public schools and the general public are invited to attend the free ‘downlink’ Q&A event. This will be the only live video broadcast between the ISS and a Canadian institution during this mission, so it is a unique opportunity for community members to speak directly with an astronaut as he orbits Earth within the micro-gravity environment of the ISS. (Note: Q&A questions and participants have been predetermined).

The following speakers or guests will be available for comment:

  • Art McDonald, Professor Emeritus, Nobel Laureate in Physics
  • Michelle Thompson, NASA Postdoctoral Fellow & Planetary Scientist; Queen’s (Artsci’11, Sc’11)
  • Nathalie Ouellette, observational astrophysicist and Communications, Education, and Outreach Coordindator, Canadian Particle Research Centre
  • Indira Feustel, spouse of Drew Feustel

Friday, April 6, 2018
Grant Hall, Queen’s University (43 University Ave, Kingston, ON)
10 am: Media interviews available with select speakers prior to event. (Please RSVP to dave.rideout@queensu.ca if you plan to attend)
10:30 am: Doors open to public
11 am: Event opens with remarks from Principal Woolf followed by speeches by distinguished experts.
12:05 - 12:30 pm: Downlink Q&A session

Speakers’ remarks, astronaut Dr. Feustel’s video downlink Q&A session broadcast live on screen to Grant Hall audience (as well as on NASA TV and Facebook Live), space-themed activities and exhibitors. The event will also be livestreamed (Register to watch). B-roll footage will be available following the event.

Dave Rideout, Media Relations Officer
Queen’s University