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NASA astronaut and scientist visit Porirua

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 21/04/2017

A NASA astronaut and scientist are heading to the Wellington suburb of Porirua over the coming weekend.

Astronaut Dr Yvonne Cagle and scientist Dr Jen Blank are here as part of the 2017 Space & Science Festival.

On Saturday they will be go to the Takapuwahia Marae before speaking at a public event on Sunday and then a screening of the movie Hidden Figures.

On Monday they will share their stories and answer questions with Porirua students.

Porirua Mayor Mike Tana said getting NASA to visit students was one of his campaign promises.

"We're going to make sure it's a fantastic experience for our community. We've had a massive response with all tickets to Sunday's public event selling out within hours of being released."

The 2017 Space & Science Festival runs in Wellington from May 6 - 20 and there will be events all over the region.

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