Space tourist Greg Olsen encourages learners to do mathematics and science

​​​​About 100 learners from seven Gauteng high schools had the opportunity to engage with Greg Olsen, a world-renowned American space explorer, entrepreneur and engineer, at the University of Johannesburg (UJ) on Friday, 15 March 2013.

UJ’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, in partnership with the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA), hosted Dr Olsen, who became the third private citizen to make a self-funded trip to the International Space Station (ISS), in 2005


The 67-year-old scientist and engineer shared his experience in business and conveyed his unique entrepreneurial story, his trip to the International Space Station and what drives him today. Olsen was inspired by South African Mark Shuttleworth, who was the second private citizen to go to space in 2002. American engineer Dennis Tito was the first private citizen to fund his own trip to space in 2001.​​​



Greg Olsen, Space Tourist And Entrepreneur
About 100 learners from schools in the
​surrounding Johannesburg area attended
​the UJ MISTRA roundtable discussion to
​engage with Dr Greg Olsen at the School of
​Tourism and Hospitality on the UJ Bunting
​Road Campus on Friday, 15 March 2013.​


Greg Olsen, Entrepreneur And Space Tourist
​​Dr Greg Olsen, American scientist and
​engineer who was the third private citizen
​to become a space tourist, attended the UJ
​MISTRA roundtable discussion on the
​importance of space science at the School
​of Tourism and Hospitality at the University of Johannesburg, Bunting Road Campus on
Friday, 15 March 2013.​


Greg Oslen, Space Tourist
​​​At the UJ MISTRA roundtable discussion
​that took place at STH on the UJ Bunting
​Road Campus on Friday, 15 March 2013,
​Dr Greg Olsen, who is very fond of South
Africa and owns a wine farm in Paarl,
​shared his belief that teachers should
​invest time in encouraging learners to do
​maths and science subjects while still at
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