NASA astronaut Sandra Magnus hailed the Starmus Festival as a brilliant example of bringing lay people closer to science and technology during an interview at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) in Trondheim, Tuesday.

"I’m enjoying the opportunity to listen to so many brilliant people talk about their work. It’s sort of letting me broaden my horizons in a way that the course of my everyday job I don’t get to, so this has been really great" she said.

The executive Director of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) also discussed the ways in which VR (Virtual Reality) technology could be applied in space missions: "For us in space, training is the most effective us of VR" she said, adding that "a VR of a nature scene for someone who’s in space for a very long period of time" would offer some form of "relaxation" and "psychological support".

The astronaut is scheduled to give a talk at the festival titled 'Perspectives from Space'. The Starmus Festival is in its fourth year and aims to celebrate astronomy, space exploration, chemistry, physics, art and medicine. It will run from June 18 until June 23.

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