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Inspiring astronomers of the future

USQ Springfield will host a youth astronomy seminar on July 18.

“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

It’s been 50 years since Neil Armstrong uttered those historic words.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing (July 20, 1969), USQ is hosting a youth astronomy seminar and stargazing event at its Springfield campus on Thursday, July 18.

Aspiring astronomers will hear from leading planetary scientist Dr Katarina Miljkovic, who leads the only Australian research group that is working on the InSight mission currently active on Mars.

Dr Miljkovic will share her career journey and answer questions about the exciting world of space.

The youth seminar is one of five events taking place next week as part of USQ’s Festival of Astronomy.

Dr Miljkovic will also be presenting at the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium on July 20.

She will be joined by USQ astronomer and astrobiologist Professor Jonti Horner, who will discuss whether we are alone in the universe.

For more information, visit Festival of Astronomy.

What: Springfield Youth Astronomy Seminar followed by Stargazing
When: July 18, 4-6pm
Where: Auditorium, USQ Springfield
Cost: Free

What: Brisbane Planetarium Astronomy Seminar
When: July 20, 4pm
Where: Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium, Toowong, Brisbane
Cost: $10
Register: Contact the Sir Thomas Brisbane Planetarium on 07 3403 2578

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Planetary scientist Dr Katarina Miljkovic.