- A former NASA astronaut, Dr Don Thomas, is coming to South Africa again
- The former astronaut hopes to inspire young South Africans
- Dr Thomas will educate parents and kids about the possibilities of the future
Former NASA astronaut, Dr Don Thomas, is coming to South Africa to inspire young people to pursue careers in maths and science.
The former astronaut, a veteran of 692 space orbits of the Earth, is set to touch down in Mzansi in September, Good Things Guy reported.
Briefly.co.za learned that Dr Thomas' visit is thanks to STEM-based educational NGO Living Maths.
From 11 September to 20 September, Mzansi's youth can see Dr Thomas in Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Lesotho.
"It’s very special to be able to do this during the 50th anniversary year of the Apollo 11 moon landing," he said.
Living Maths and Dr Thomas hope to inspire South African youngsters to pursue career in astronomy and become part of the few who traveled to earth's orbit.
Steve Sherman, Chief Imagination Officer at Living Maths, believes South Africans have what it takes to be the scientists, mathematicians and engineers of the future.
Aside from being an astronaut, Dr Thomas is a scientist, professional speaker, educator, and author of Orbit of Discovery about his STS-70 mission aboard space shuttle Discovery, his Facebook profile states.
The former astronaut spent 44 days in space and he has orbited the earth nearly 700 times.
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