Blast Off! with Astro Rex

Last week we were lucky enough to have NASA Astronaut Rex Walheim help us launch our new exhibition, Star Voyager. While he was in town, Rex also took part in an educational program, where he got to talk to Victorian primary school students about what it’s like to be in space. 

Fifty lucky students from Spensly Street and Northcote Primary Schools joined us in ACMI’s Studio 1 (aka Mission Control) and, thanks to the wonders of technology, we were able to beam Rex live into over 100 classrooms around the state.

Countdown to Blast Off!

Countdown to Blast Off!

The folks from ACMI’s mission control ensured that the live video stream via the Department of Education and early Childhood Development’s online Virtual Conference Centre (VCC) worked perfectly.

ACMI's Mission Control

ACMI's Mission Control

During the 45-minute session, Rex spoke about what it feels like to be in space, including how you can eat upside-down, and fielded questions from students.

Rex and our host, Holly, say hello to the students who tuned in around Victoria

Rex and our host, Holly, say hello to the students who tuned in around Victoria

Rex talks about life in space

Rex talks about life in space

Rex takes questions from the audience

Rex takes questions from the audience

At the conclusion of the session, the students presented Rex with a very special souvenir of his visit to Melbourne, in the form of a kangaroo spaceman.

Students present Rex with a souvenir

Students present Rex with a souvenir

Thanks to the DEECD, our Mission Control host Holly, and everyone else involved in organising the day!

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