Guest Speaker Dr Penny Farrant presented with the audio visual of life on board the International Space Station and a personally narrated 
video by NASA US astronaut Greg Chamitoff.
 
Gregory Errol Chamitoff is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He was assigned to Expedition 17 and flew to the International Space Station on STS-
124, launching 31 May 2008.
 
Born: August 6, 1962 (age 53), Montreal, Canada Space missions: STS-127, Expedition 18, STS-126, STS-134, STS-124, Dr Greg Chamitoff, Endeavour's last flight, in May 2011, was an exciting and ambitious mission that carried critical spare equipment to the International Space Station and installed one of the great new observatories, the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS).
 
Greg performed key operations with the Shuttle and Station Robotic Arms to install this particle physics detector that studies background cosmic radiation for clues to solve some of the key remaining questions of how the Universe was formed. Greg also completed two of the four spacewalks on the mission, the last of which marked the completion of International Space Station assembly.
 
As the space shuttle program comes to an end, Greg will takes you on a journey through space, bringing the International Space Station and the Endeavour to life through first-hand experience, photos and high-definition video.
 
Greg Chamitoff was born in Montreal, Canada. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from California Polytechnic State University, a M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Caltech, a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT, and a M.S. degree in Space Science from the University of Houston Clearlake.
 
While at Cal Poly, he developed a self-guided robot for his senior thesis, and was forever hooked on the prospects of automatic control and autonomous systems. Later at MIT and Draper Labs, he worked on the control analysis for robotic deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope, designed attitude control software upgrades for the Space Shuttle, and developed reconfigurable control strategies for the Space Station. His doctoral thesis was on a new method for robust flight control of hypersonic vehicles.
 
From 1993 to 1995, Greg was a visiting lecturer at the University of Sydney, where he taught courses in flightdynamics and control, and led a research group in the development of flight control techniques for autonomous aircraft. In 1995, he joined Mission Operations at the Johnson Space Center, where he developed software applications for spacecraft attitude control monitoring,prediction, analysis, and maneuver optimization. He was selected by NASA as an astronaut candidate in 1998 and began training toward a future spaceflight assignment.
 
He served as a Mission Specialist on the last flight of Space Shuttle Endeavour, STS-134. During this mission, he performed operations with the Shuttle and Station Robotic Arms, including the installation of a pallet of spare equipment (ELC-3) and a particle physics observatory called the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS), which holds great promise for fundamental breakthroughs in our understanding of the Universe. He also performed two spacewalks, the last of which marked the completion of Space Station assembly and was the final spacewalk of the Space Shuttle Program.
In total,Greg has logged over 198 days in space.
 
A truly amazing and interesting story.