An astronaut walking on the moon with US flag in background

Space in the Pub: One Giant Leap

Space in the Pub: One Giant Leap

An astronaut walking on the moon with US flag in background
Date & time: 8pm 19 July 2019, AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)
Location: Badger & Co, Kambri Precinct
Event series: Canberra Moon Week

Enjoy a beverage at Badger and Co as we take-off with a free Q&A event moderated by ABC Radio Canberra's Lish Fejer and a panel of experts who will share their views on the future of space exploration and the global space industry. This is your chance to hear from a Nobel Laureate, local politician and NASA specialists - all with a keen interest in space. 

You'll then get the chance to test your knowledge against these experts in space-themed trivia with great prizes like a stargazing experience, Badger & Co meal vouchers and space merchandise. Register online to secure a table and go in the running to win a special commemorative $5 Moon Landing Coin generously donated by the Royal Australian Mint and valued at $150. The winner will be announced after the second round of trivia. (walk-ins are welcome on the night conditional on space).

Group bookings of 6-8 people are encouraged due to the venue layout. If you book individually or as a smaller group you will be seated at a table with other guests. 


Professor Brian Schmidt is the Vice-Chancellor of ANU. Before his appointment in 2016, He was an astrophysicist at the ANU Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics. Under his leadership, in 1998, the High-Z Supernova Search team made the startling discovery that the expansion rate of the Universe is accelerating. Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, The United States Academy of Science, and the Royal Society, he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2013

Mr Mick Gentleman has been a member of the ACT Legislative Assembly since 2004. His passion for space was sparked as a 13 year old watching the Apollo 11 Moon Landing with his father from the main console at Honeysuckle Creek Tracking Station. Now, as Minister assisting the Chief Minister on Advanced Technology and Space Industries, Mick is helping to grow our space economy and write the next chapter of Canberra's role in space exploration.

Ms Elizabeth Landau is an award-winning science writer, editor and multimedia producer. In her "senior storyteller" role at NASA, she works on astrophysics content for the NASA website and produces the "Gravity Assist" podcast. She is currently living in Washington, D.C. for an assignment in public affairs at NASA Headquarters. She also writes for Smithsonian, Scientific American and other top publications. Her education includes Princeton University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

Dr Abigail Fraemen is a research scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. She received a PhD in Planetary Science from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014. Her research focuses on unraveling the geologic history of Mars and other rocky worlds in our solar system using data from robotic spacecraft missions.  Dr. Fraeman is a member of the Curiosity Mars rover science team, and she was the deputy project scientist for the Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers from 2016 to 2019. She was awarded a NASA Early Career Achievement Medal in 2018.


Lish Fejer is a broadcaster with ABC Radio Canberra. She has a BSc and Masters in SciComm from the ANU which have taken her on many adventures around the world spruiking science and cultivating curiosity.  She loves space - outer and personal. 

Presented in partnership with ACT Government.