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June 2015

  • 04 June 2015

    Australia’s first astronaut becomes the South Australian Museum’s first Patron

    Dr Andrew Thomas, the first Australian in space, has become the first Patron of the South Australian Museum.

    Born and raised in Adelaide, Dr Thomas was selected among thousands of applicants to join NASA in 1992. Over a 22 year long career as an astronaut he went on four space flights, spent 177 days in orbit, visited the Mir space station and undertook a lengthy spacewalk.

    “I recall as a boy aged nine or ten, going to the South Australian Museum to see an exhibition about space,” said Dr Thomas.

    “I thought wow! The exhibition is what first sparked my curiosity about space.

    “The South Australian Museum changed my life,” said Dr Thomas.