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By Lookout Staff
May 16, 2023 -- For nearly half a year, Raja Chari saw 16 sunrises and sunsets a day. On June 1, the NASA astronaut will share his experiences during a Distinguished Scientist Lecture at Santa Monica College (SMC).
The free presentation "To the Moon and Beyond on the Artemis Odyssey" will be held online as a live virtual event at 11:15 a.m. on Thursday, June 1.
The international crew of four spent 177 days in orbit, giving the U.S. Naval test pilot a chance to view planet Earth from outer space.
"I think the thing that’s most striking is there’s a whole lot of water, which I guess academically I knew that more than two-thirds of the Earth is water," Chari told The Courier in Cedar Falls, Iowa.
"But when you see it out the window and just about every time you go to look out the window, it’s water. And then, when there is land, it goes by pretty quickly compared to how long it takes to get over the oceans," Chari said during the January 2021 interview.
"The next most striking thing is it’s really hard to figure out where you’re at without cheating and using a map. I think it’s just a testament to the fact that there’s really no borders or lines other than the ones we create.
"And so, when you look at it, the Earth from space, it’s just one homogeneous mass of different land masses and water. It’s pretty cool and enlightening, I think, to think of it that way, and also realizing the fragility of it."
Col. Chari graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy and went on to earn a Master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
He is also a graduate of the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School and has received numerous military service medals, as well as the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and the NASA Space Exploration Medal.
The presentation is sponsored by the SMC Associates (smc.edu/associates), a private organization that funds speakers and special programs on campus.
A Zoom link will be posted shortly before the event at the June 1 listing on the SMC Events calendar at smc.edu/calendar. To attend, the Zoom software must be installed on the viewer’s computer. A free download is available at zoom.com.
More information is available by calling the SMC Office of Public Programs at 310-434-4100.
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