Next Monday 24 March, the museum will host a talk from the Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – Charles F Bolden Jr. Yep, you read correctly, that’s NASA we’re talking about! My answer was “wow”, immediately thinking of the potential this event has to excite and inspire. “When” was my next question? How long do I have to plan and organise a major event? “Two weeks”…“Ok can do, this opportunity is too good to miss!”
So why is Administrator Bolden coming to the museum? He is interested in viewing our HMB Endeavour replica. There is a wooden trunnel located in the great cabin that was on the original HMB Endeavour and then flew on the NASA Space Shuttle Endeavour, (you learn something new every day). There are natural links between the 18th century explorers and the more recent missions out to space, sometimes in more ways than we realise.
A little bit about our distinguished guest. Charles Bolden Jr, the current Administrator of NASA, is a retired United States Marine Corps Major General, and former NASA astronaut. Major General Bolden now leads a nationwide NASA team to advance the missions and goals of the US space program.
Administrator Bolden will be presenting a free one hour talk about his life and experiences, also focusing on further exploration of space and its comparison to historical ocean exploration, here at the Australian National Maritime Museum on Monday 24 March at 11.30am.
The museum is offering a free video conference of Administrator Bolden’s talk, register with DARTconnections.
I don’t know about anyone else but I am certainly excited.