Astronaut visiting Central Otago

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NASA astronaut Colonel Michael Hopkins is visiting Central Otago on Wednesday, as part of a visit organised by Otago Museum.

Museum director of programmes and science engagement Craig Grant said Otago was able to ”piggy-back” on another visit that Col Hopkins had planned to Auckland.

Mr Grant was delighted to be able to host Col Hopkins, even taking on driving duties himself during the visit.

”We see it as part of getting the Otago public exposed to science and seeing what it can do,” Mr Grant said.

Col Hopkins will tour the Otago Central Interplanetary Cycle Trail before opening a new exhibition of astronomical images gathered through camera and telescope, and speaking in Alexandra and Queenstown.

Space Central Tour

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11

10.30am: Opening of Naseby Night Skies Astrophotography Exhibition at Naseby Town Hall

1.30pm: Public talk by Col Michael Hopkins at Alexandra Community Centre and Memorial Theatre, hosted by the Centre for Space Science Technology

7pm: Public talk by Col Hopkins at Wakatipu High School hall, Queenstown, hosted by the Catalyst TrustHopkins will visit Central Otago on April 11.