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.