“Take-off” with the U.S. Consulate General in Almaty and U.S. Astronaut Dr. Shannon Walker During 2019 Space Week!

Almaty – From October 4 to 10, the U.S. Consulate General and American Space Almaty, in partnership with Chevron, are hosting a week-long celebration of science and technology achievements through a series of fun, creative, and education-related events.

Space Week 2019 will be celebrated around the world in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, under the theme “The Moon:  Gateway to the Stars.” The U.S. Mission to Kazakhstan is bringing to Almaty Dr. Shannon Walker, a member of NASA’s 2004 class of astronauts whose career includes serving as Flight Engineer for Expedition 24/25, a long-duration mission aboard the International Space Station that launched from Baikonur in 2010 and lasted 163 days.

The U.S. Consulate General and American Space & Makerspace Almaty, with the support of Chevron, are curating a series of activities and events starting October 4 which will include visits to the Kamenskoye Plato Observatory, roundtables, presentations, art exhibits, workshops, contests and games, free movies, and a cosmic Space Party! Kazakhstani space institutions and future engineers will explore global space industry trends, and the United States’ leading role in, and Kazakhstan’s significant contributions to, this field.

Media are invited to request interviews with Dr. Walker and cover events.  Below are a few we recommend:

October 4 – 10               Exhibitions at American Space & Makerspace Almaty, SmArt.Point.

Friday, October 4

16:00 – 17:00                  Special presentation by Dr. Shannon Walker at American Space Almaty

17:00 – 18:00                 Dr. Walker available for one-on-one interviews at American Space Almaty (requests must be made in advance).

18:00 – 20:00                 Official launch of Space Week at American Space Almaty, Keynote speaker NASA Astronaut Dr. Shannon Walker and other special guests

Saturday, October 5 – International Observe the Moon Day

14:00 – 15:00                  Astrophotography for Beginners, American Space & Makerspace Almaty (calling all photographers)

Tuesday, October 8

16:00 – 18:00                  Kids’ Space Party at American Space & Makerspace Almaty, SmArt.Point (Children’s media strongly encouraged to join!)

18:00 – 21:00                  2019 Space Party American Space & Makerspace Almaty, SmArt.Point to include special guests, games, performances, and more!

For media interviews or additional information, please contact Kamshat Toleuliyeva at MediaAlmaty@state.gov or +7 777 227 44 16