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50th Anniversary Signature Event

Julie Payette - "The Earth from Above: An Astronaut’s Perspective"

August 27, 2012 | University Centre Farquhar Auditorium

We began counting down to the launch of UVic’s 50th anniversary with an inspiring presentation from Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, OC, QC and Co-Chair, 50th Anniversary Honorary Cabinet. Payette gave a special presentation about her life as an astronaut and wowed the audience with images and videos from her journeys into space. Payette closed her presentation with a thoughtful reflection on Neil Armstrong’s life and urged the audience to follow in Neil's footsteps and push the boundaries of human knowledge.

It was wonderful to see so many families and people from UVic’s community at the event. After her lecture, Payette took questions from the audience. The majority of the questions came from children who asked thought-compelling gems, such as “what does it smell like in space?” There was one final moment of excitement when Payette gave a special gift to UVic - a BC flag that had accompanied her into space.

We'd like to thank Julie Payette and the 50th Anniversary Honorary Cabinet, External Relations, the Farquhar Auditorium and everyone who attended and helped to make this such a successful first event. Payette has kindly provided her presentation "An Astronaut's Perspective" for everyone to see.



Event video

View the video of Julie Payette's lecture.

Julie Payette video




Event photos

View a selection of photos below. Visit Flickr for a full photo gallery.

50th Anniversary Honorary Cabinet members. Credit: UVic Photography. People arrive for the Julie Payette lecture. Credit: UVic Photography. 50 Years of Great Moments. Credit: UVic Photography. Coveted tickets to the sold out Julie Payette lecture. Credit: UVic Photography President Turpin welcomes the audience to the lecture. Credit: UVic Photography. Chancellor Farmer introduces Julie Payette. Credit: UVic Photography. Julie Payette takes to the stage. Credit: UVic Photography Julie Payette talks to the audience. Credit: UVic Photography. Julie Payette gives her pespective on space. Credit: UVic Photography. Julie Payette selects images and videos from her trips into space. Credit: UVic Photography. Dr. Robert Lipson opens the floor to questions from the audience. Credit: UVic Photography. Julie Payette answers the audience's questions. Credit: UVic Photography. Julie Payette engages the audience at the Farquhar Auditorium. Credit: UVic Photography. Standing ovation for Julie Payette. Credit: UVic Photography. President Turpin receives a piece of history! Credit: UVic Photography. President Turpin shows the crowd UVic's most well-travelled gift, a BC flag that's been to space! Credit: UVic Photography Dr. Robert Lipson bids goodbye to the audience and invites them to join the upcoming celebrations. Credit: UVic Photography President Turpin and Chancellor Farmer are delighted to hold this treasure! A gift from Julie Payette (centre) who took this BC flag into space with her. Credit: UVic Photography.

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