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DOHA SPACE exploration has always been beneficial to human race, said former NASA astronaut Dr Bonnie Dunbar during her talk at the Texas A&M University in Qatar on Monday.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is a US government organisation that is responsible for space travel and scientific study of space.

According to the ex-NASA mission specialist who has over 50 days experience in space, her career has been dedicated to her lifelong dreams and fascination of the space.

"Learning about the world has opened lots of opportunities.

It has been interesting in the last century with more countries launching their own space mission.

Solar system is getting smaller everyday with all the explorations.

We have been to the moon, but we still don't know much about it," Dunbar said.

Dr Dunbar became a NASA astronaut in August 1981.

She has taken part in five space flights and has logged more than 1,208 hours (50 days) in space.

She served as a mission specialist on STS 61-A in 1985, STS-32 in 1990, and STS-71 in 1995, and was the Payload Commander on STS-50 in 1992 and STS-89 in 1998.

She also narrated her personal life journey from being an engineer to a full-pledged astronaut.

Besides sharing her flight experience and explorations with renowned men and women of space experts, Dunbar answered questions from the audience, including an inquiry about the possibility of signs of life on the moon.

"There are no signs of life on the moon.

There is no electromagnetic field there.

It is a very hostile environment.

But there are groups of people working to identify technologies to know what would it take to live in a foreign body like moon," she answered.

Asked about their diet while in space, Dunbar said, "We get to choose what we want to eat.

But it has to be balanced and the calorie content must be considered.

"Our food were being labeled so we know which meal pack is for whom.

My favorite menu included chicken, salmon as well as tuna sandwich." She said that the future of exploration was deemed to amaze the human race with new discoveries and knowledge that will allow us know more about the world we live in.

She said that the next challenge for space exploration was exploring Mars.

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Date:Mar 29, 2011
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