SPACE TALK: US, Russian, Chinese, Japanese & European Astronauts all walk into a Cave...
American, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and European Astronauts all walk into a Cave...
No punchline: that's an actual European Space Agency mission, completed this year underground in Italy! Andrea will present updates from the European Astronaut Centre (EAC) including post-ISS Moonbase plans, spaceshipEAC, the CAVES mission and nominal ongoing operations of the International Space Station.
EAC houses 100 experts and is a centre of excellence for astronaut selection, training, medical support, space science and operations, as well as support of astronauts and their families before, during and after flight.
Andrea Boyd is stationed at the European Astronaut Centre: the only Australian ISS Flight Controller on Earth.
A Mechatronic Engineer from The University of Adelaide, Andrea spent years working as an Automation Engineer for many industries, on site as a FIFO Mining Engineer underground and end to end process plant in the central Australian desert.
Andrea certified as an ISS Flight Operations Engineer for payload control and cross-certified in later years for crew operations, serving in the European Space Agency’s Human Spaceflight and Robotic Exploration Directorate.
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