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Ex-NASA astronaut to join Purdue University's Mumbai fest

IANS  |  Mumbai 

US Jerry L. Ross, who jointly holds a record for maximum space flights, will deliver the keynote address at the Purdue University's 150th International Ideas Festival in on January 18, an said here on Thursday.

Ross, 70, who flew in seven sace shuttle missions during 1985-2002, will speak on "My Journey as a NASA Astronaut: What if we found evidence of Previous Life on Mars?".

During his long innings with NASA, he logged in more than 1,393 hours in space including 58 hours in spacewalks, and his keynote address would highlight the sesquicentennial festival theme -- Space: Earth, Exploration and Economics.

The festival, Purdue University's largest global ideas meet and the only that focuses on all the 150 Giant Leaps themes like space, artificial intelligence, health and sustainability, will also showcase the varsity's global milestones in the past one-and-half centuries.

The half-day event will feature an India-Purdue Collaborative Lecture Series in honour of its distinguished alumnus, and Bharat Ratna C.N.R. Rao, and would exhort the audience to think about the challenges and opportunities before the world in the next 150 years and beyond.

Rao, 84, is an and currently the of to the

Other prominent speakers at the festival include Ambarish Kenghe of Google Play who will speak on "What if AI is the New Electricity?", and of on "What if you could lead a healthy and productive life until you were 164 years old?'.

Former of the will speak on "What if every young person were a leader?" and Purdue University's Suresh will be the master of ceremonies.

The event is being organised jointly by Purdue Alumni Network, GVK, Ltd, Dr Reddy's Laboratories, and Alok Nanda & Co.

This is second time in barely three months that a former spaceman will be visiting

On October 25-26, Russian had attended the Rosatom Festival of Science & Culture, organised by Nehru Science Centre, and Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation,



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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 19:52 IST