Out-of-this-world lecture as astronaut lands in St Andrews

NASA astronaut Duane Carey, front left, with Tomi Baikie, front right, the St Andrews student who organised the visit, with pupils at Auchmuty High School who attended one of Duane's lectures.
NASA astronaut Duane Carey, front left, with Tomi Baikie, front right, the St Andrews student who organised the visit, with pupils at Auchmuty High School who attended one of Duane's lectures.

Reaching for the stars was the inspirational message in more ways than one at a public lecture at the University of St Andrews on Monday.

Guest speaker was Lieutenant Colonel Carey, who served as the pilot of NASA’s space shuttle Columbia on the fourth Hubble Space Telescope servicing mission in 2002, and he kept the packed audience enthralled with his out-of-this-world stories of his flying experiences.

Equally inspiring was Carey’s own journey to the stars - from the child of a teenage single mum to leading US Air Force jet fighter squadrons to piloting the Space Shuttle.

Astronaut Duane Carey during his lecture at St Andrews. (Pic: @BonnieH1/Twitter)

Astronaut Duane Carey during his lecture at St Andrews. (Pic: @BonnieH1/Twitter)