[ASC-media] Media alert: the astronaut and the aquanaut

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Sun Aug 8 08:57:50 EST 2004


August 8, 2004


Two of the world's most famous explorers of inner and outer space are in Australia this month as guests of National Science Week 2004.

First American woman in space, astronaut Prof. Sally Ride, and aquanaut Dr Sylvia Earle - the deepest-diving woman on Earth - will share unique perspectives of the planet, the human race and the big issues with audiences across Australia during Science Week. 

Marine biologist Sylvia Earle holds numerous diving records, including setting the women's depth record for solo diving at a thousand meters (3,300 feet), and has dived regularly on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.

Nicknamed "Her Deepness" or "The Sturgeon General", Earle is explorer-in-residence at the US National Geographic Society. Named Time magazine's first "hero for the planet" in 1998, she has pioneered research on marine ecosystems and led over 50 expeditions racking up more than 6,000 hours underwater. 

Concerned about the deterioration she has observed in the world's oceans, and keenly conscious that most of them remain unexplored, Earle is an outspoken advocate of exploration, research and protection of living marine ecosystems.

Former chief scientist for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Earle is author of more than 125 scientific and popular publications, including her 1995 book Sea Change. Her research places special emphasis on marine plants and the development of technology for access and research in the deep sea. Earle is currently project director for the US National Geographic Society's Sustainable Seas Expeditions.

Astronaut and physicist Sally Ride flew as mission specialist on space shuttle Challenger on a six-day mission in June 1983 and a second 8-day mission the following year. She was assigned to a further flight but ceased training in January 1986 to sit on the Presidential inquiry into the SS Challenger accident. 

Dr Ride is the author of several popular books about space and space travel - Voyager: An Adventure to the Edge of the Solar System and The Third Planet: Exploring the Earth from Space, as well as a children's book To Space and Back.

She is currently a professor of Physics at the University of California, San Diego, a director of the California Space Institute and president of Imaginary Lines, which aims to support girls in science and engineering careers. 

She will give three public presentations - in Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney, entitled 'Reach for the Stars'.

Sally Ride's itinerary and contact points for interview:
National Media Contact: Megan Bird, 02 6205 0588 or 0419 019 058
"	August 15	Canberra, 02 6205 0588 or 0419 019 058
"	August 16	Adelaide, 0414 298 300
"	August 17	Sydney, 02 9907 8241 or 0403 343 275
"	August 19	Canberra, 02 6205 0588

Sylvia Earle's itinerary and contact points for interview:
"	August 19	Canberra, 02 6205 0588
"	August 20	Hobart, 03 6211 2335 or 0408 298 292 
"	August 22	Perth, 08 9481 7152 or 08 94816295
"	August 23	Sydney, 02 9907 8241 or 0403 343 275

For more information on National Science Week, contact:
Telephone: 02 6205 0281
Mobile: 0407 781 891
Facsimile: 02 6207 0072
E-mail: scienceweek at orac.net.au

For more events in National Science Week 2004, please visit:
Website: http://www.scienceweek.info.au/

National Science Week is supported by the Commonwealth Government Department of Education Science and Training (DEST) and the Department of Industry Tourism and Resources (DITR).

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