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2019 Fall Lecture Series
As always, the lectures begin at 8:00 pm and sky viewing (if clear) are open and free to all.
Our Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Man’s Venture Off Planet continues with the Future of Manned Exploration
Beyond the Horizon, The First Steps
September 6 Our Backyard Safari
Within 25 light years of our Sun, we have an amazing collection of possible worlds to visit. The problem of time and distance.
September 13 Alternative Possibilities
A whole new world of deep space rocket propulsion is being explored which includes sending an interstellar postcard.
September 20 The Human Problem
We could mitigate almost all long term human frailty problems, except one. Guest Speaker: Dr. Athanasios N. Petridis: Drake University
September 27 Imagined Solutions
How Hollywood solves the problems and makes it almost believable.
October 4 Getting It Wrong
The Hollywood solution often isn’t the right one. And they don’t even address the big problem.
October 11 F.T.L.
What is it and is it a solution to interstellar travel.
October 18 F.T.L. Alternatives
Possible solutions to the FTL problems that have a true historical basis.
October 25 The Wait Factor
By the time your parents get there you would have beaten them and returned.