Space Shuttle astronaut visits MSU for GeoWeek

Nov 17, 2015

Current State gets a view from space during Geography Awareness Week from astronaut and Ontario native Dr. Roberta Bondar.

Dr. Roberta Bondar will present her lecture, 'Earth patterns from afar: a challenging perspective,' at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Business College Complex at MSU.
Credit Courtesy photo / MSU College of Social Science

Established by presidential proclamation more than 25 years ago, National Geographic's Geography Awareness Week helps young Americans better understand geo-spatial issues and recognize their roles as global citizens. Michigan State University plays the lead role in GeoWeek in Mid-Michigan with a variety of public  opportunities designed to create an awareness about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life.

Current State presents several discussions on WKAR related to geographic awareness in a week-long series. Today, Ontario, Canada native and former US Space Shuttle astronaut Roberta Bondar lends her high-flying perspective on Geo Week. Dr. Bondar flew aboard the Shuttle Discovery in 1992 as Canada’s first female astronaut. She holds doctorates in both medicine and philosophy. Among her many other accomplishments, Bondar is also a prolific photographer and the author of four photo essay books.

Peter Whorf talks with Bondar about her upcoming event and when she first looked to the inspiration of the stars.