Public Night

September 20, 2019 @ 8:00 pm
Drake Municipal Observatory
4898 Observatory Road
Des Moines, IA 50311
Drake Municipal Observatory
1-800-44-DRAKE (37253)

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.