On Wednesday, May 13, 2015, US astronaut Marsha Ivins visited Astronomical Centre Rijeka.
During his first visit to Rijeka, Ms. Ivins gave a presentation on the life of astronauts to the pupils of the Elementary school Vežica. She visited Rijeka's planetarium and got familiar with its work and program afterwards.
Astronaut Marsha Ivins is one of the fifty women who participated in space missions from 1963 until today and one of the five hundred astronauts in total who have experienced the space flight. She has applied for the NASA space program in 1984, and after five years of training, she officially become an astronaut. Marsh is one of forty American astronauts who participated in space missions. In the period of 11 years, she participated in the five flights of the American space shuttle, spending 55 days in space, the longest continuous stay in orbit around the Earth lasted 14 days.