The head of NASA, Charles F. Bolden Jr. will speak at a public event at the University of Sydney this Wednesday 4 April.

His presentation will discuss the next chapter in America’s extraordinary story of space exploration and will include a Q&A session for students and academics.

Retired Marine Corps Major General Charles Bolden Jr. travelled into orbit four times between 1986 and 1994 and was appointed the twelfth administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration by President Obama in 2009.

NASA launched its final space shuttle mission in July last year and turned the page in a remarkable period in America’s history in space.

Major General Bolden will also discuss how NASA plans to carry out President Obama’s mission to re-focus on the big picture of exploration and crucial research and development.

Co-hosted by the US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney and the US Consulate General, the event is being held at the Great Hall in the Main Quadrangle.