Seminar “General Space Exploration and Commercialization of Space”

On June 10th, the Vietnam National Space Center, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST), coordinated with the U.S Embassy in Vietnam to organize a seminar entitled “Generation Space Exploration and Commercialization of Space” in Hanoi.

The event was held on the occasion of the visit to Vietnam by Charles Frank Bolden Jr., U.S. Department of State’s Science Envoy for Space, former NASA Administrator and Astronaut, who has flown into space four times.

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The overview of the seminar

At the seminar, Mr. Charles Frank Bolden Jr. gave a presentation on "Human Adventure Journey" which began with general information about the journey to explore the universe, search for life-existent planets, and studies of life on earth that NASA implemented, as well as the participation of private companies in this process.

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Charles Frank Bolden Jr. made a presentation at the event

Charles Frank Bolden Jr. spent special time introducing women who have been working at NASA, OSIRIS-Rex space probe launched on Sept. 8, 2016, with the task of researching asteroids called Bennu and bringing specimens to earth to study. OSIRIS-Rex paves the way for future spacecraft designed to scout any newly discovered objects (asteroids, comets ...). In addition to protecting against potential threats from space, the specimens will help scientists have an opportunity to further study the solar system formation and water source on the earth.

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Charles Frank Bolden Jr. and Assoc. Prof. Dr. Pham Anh Tuan, General Director of Vietnam National Space Center, at the event

Charles Frank Bolden Jr. gave information about the ISS International Space Station (life and studies on the space station); spacecraft transporting people and goods to the international space station, as well as expanding human presence in the solar system; James Webb space telescope; and future space flights on the process of monitoring earth temperatures using space technology.

Charles Frank Bolden Jr. had a working session with leaders of Vietnam National Space Center

Earlier on Jun.10, 2019, Charles Frank Bolden Jr. had a working session with leaders of Vietnam National Space Center. At the working session, the two sides discussed strategies and experiences in managing and developing space programs, building museums, educating the community as well as exchanging experiences for Vietnamese scientists, contributing to strengthening the cooperation on space science and technology between Vietnam and the U.S in general, and between NASA and Vietnam National Space Center in particular.

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Charles Frank Bolden Jr. had an exchange with teachers and students from schools in Hanoi at Hoa Lac Observatory

Also in the framework of the working visit, Charles Frank Bolden Jr. had an exchange entitled ”Mars Discovery” with teachers and students from schools in Hanoi on Jun.11, 2019, at Hoa Lac Observatory (Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park).

Brief on Charles Frank Bolden Jr., former NASA Administrator and Astronaut

Major General Charles Frank Bolden Jr. (USMC-Ret.) was designated by President Barack Obama and ratified by the U.S Senate as the 12th General Director of the NASA. He began his duties as head of the agency on Jul.17, 2009 and retired on Jan.20, 2017.

At NASA, he chaired oversight of the safety transition from Space Shuttle missions to a new era of space exploration with a focus on using the entire International Space Station (ISS) and the development of aerospace technology. NASA"s operations under Bolden’s term included the event of the first successful landing on Mars of the Curiosity self-propelled robot, launching a spacecraft to Jupiter and continuing to the launch of James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) in 2018, building on the success of the Hubble Space Telescope.

Born on Aug.19, 1946 in Columbia, North Carolina, Bolden graduated from C.A Johnson school in 1964 and was admitted to the US Naval Academy. He received a bachelor of science and electrical science in 1968 and was appointed captain of the Marine Corps. In 1977, he earned a Master of Science degree in system management from the University of Southern California. Bolden"s 14 years in the Marine Corps was followed by a 34-year career as a member of NASA"s Astronaut"s Office. After joining in 1980, he was on orbit four times from 1986 to 1994, commanding two missions and being the pilot of the remaining two missions. He left the army in 2003.

Translated by Tuyet Nhung
Link to Vietnamese version

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