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NASA Astronaut visits Matheson as part of the Dublin City of Science 2012 Festival

DATE: 12.07.2012

Head of NASA Charles Bolden visited Matheson as part of the Dublin City of Science 2012 Festival, with children from the partner organisations of Matheson’s Giving Programme hearing the amazing story of the former astronaut and head of the world-famous space agency.

The event, ‘An Audience with an Astronaut’, took place in our Dublin office, and is one of two events in the ‘Mini-ESOF – From the Stars to the Sea’ programme being held in the our Dublin headquarters.

We are hosting these events as part of our Matheson Giving corporate philanthropy programme, which was established to help Ireland’s next generation achieve their full potential.

Charles F. Bolden Jr, NASA Administrator, has run the world-famous space agency since 2009, and is a hugely experienced astronaut. He travelled into space four times aboard NASA shuttles, leading two of these missions.

He told the audience, comprising children from the partner organisations of the Matheson Giving Programme, about his time in space, including the deployment of the Hubble Space Telescope and the first joint US-Russian shuttle mission, which featured a cosmonaut as a member of his crew.

The second Mini-ESOF event taking place in Matheson’s offices as part of the Dublin City of Science Festival, will see the firm host ‘An Audience with a Scientist and Explorer’, featuring world-renowned scientist Dr Eric Karsenti. This event will take place on Friday, 13 July 2012.

Dublin City of Science is a ten-day Festival running from 6-15 July 2012, and is being held to celebrate Dublin hosting Europe’s largest science event, the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF).

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