NASA Astronaut Arrives In Fiji

An astronaut from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is in the country to be part of the journey to the stars programme organised by award winning resort, Nanuku.
23 Oct 2022 13:39
NASA Astronaut Arrives In Fiji
National Aeronautics and Space Administration astronaut Dr Yvonne Cagle.

An astronaut from the Nation­al Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is in the country to be part of the journey to the stars programme or­ganised by award winning resort, Nanuku.

Dr Yvonne Cagle joined the Na­tional Aeronautics and Space Ad­ministration (NASA) as an astro­naut in 1996.

A quick google search shows that Dr Cagle is one of only six African American female astronauts in re­corded history.

Nanuku Resort general manager Logan Miller said the luxury re­sort was set to present an extended series of events which would co­incide with the new moon cycle of October 2022.

Mr Miller said from Saturday guests of the resort can explore deep space and the moon from the shores of the South Pacific, one of the best stargazing destinations in the world.

“Apart from the astronaut, there will also be special guests from the NASA Solar System Explora­tion Research Virtual Institute,” he said.

“With their assistance, our guests will be able to enjoy and learn about our universe. There are ac­tivities organised for guests for the next ten days.”

He said the special guests from the NASA will visit three local schools and share educational experiences with students.

“We’re so excited to be hosting such a unique series of events at Nanuku Resort and to be able to share this moment with the com­munity,” he said.

“With this experience we hope to inspire local students and guests to explore how the tropical night sky relates to Fiji’s past, present and future.

“We would also like to inspire stu­dents to consider continuing their exploration of science and space.

“Like ancient explorers who looked to the stars to guide them to new worlds, astronomers today use stars to discover worlds many light years beyond our solar system.

“By studying stars and their unique influence, we can learn a great deal about their worlds – even their potential to sustain life as we know it,” he said.

He said guests would be having lunch with Dr Cagle on Saturday to learn what it takes to be an astro­naut and what space travel was re­ally like.

“Guests will be able to learn about current and upcoming space pro­jects and missions, and how NASA is achieving the seemingly impossi­ble every day.

“They will also be able to enjoy the healing properties of the moon during a night-massage, complete with moon water inspired by the programme.

“With their guide, guests can enjoy a boat ride to a private island to learn about the Fi­jian navigation traditions using the night stars as a guide,” he said.

Representatives from NASA will also be do­nating a Dobsonian tel­escope for ongoing use for guests of the resort to observe planets and deep sky objects like nebulae and galaxies.


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