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VIRTUAL MTG: Challenges of Interstellar Travel & Friendly Neighborhood Astronaut
April 6, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
We are holding a VIRTUAL meeting this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
6 PM: Board meeting (Webex only)
7 PM: Tech check and warmup (Webex only)
7:30 PM: YouTube goes live / Introductions
7:35 PM: In the News, In the Sky
7:50 PM: Officers’ reports, Special Interest Groups
8:00 PM: Observing Reports, Ask an Astronomy Question
8:15 PM: Short talk: Your Friendly Neighborhood Astronaut
8:30 PM: Informal discussion
8:45 PM: Feature talk: Challenges of Interstellar Travel
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Feature Presentation: “Challenges of Interstellar Travel” by Bob Trembley
Outreach chair Bob Trembley discusses the challenges of interstellar travel – from traversing the vast distances to the nearest stars, to keeping interstellar explorers functioning properly – be they human or robotic.
Bob Trembley has been an amateur astronomer and has loved astronomy and space his entire life; he is a volunteer NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, and the 2020 outreach officer for the Warren Astronomical Society. Bob works for the Vatican Observatory Foundation, writing astronomy and space science posts for the “Sacred Space Astronomy Blog” with Br. Guy Consolmagno and other astronomers. Bob also maintains the VOF website, does social media work, creates newsletters and media… and whatever else gets thrown at him.
Bob is fantastically interested in asteroids, near-Earth objects (NEOs), and meteorites. Bob is a HUGE fan of educational space-related PC software such as: NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System, Universe Sandbox, SpaceEngine and Kerbal Space Program. Bob and his wife Constance, a middle-school science teacher and also a Solar System Ambassador, run an after-school astronomy and space science club at Connie’s school called the “Endeavour Space Academy.”
Short talk: “Your Friendly Neighborhood Astronaut” by Diane Hall
W.A.S. President Diane Hall pays tribute to Apollo 15 astronaut Al Worden, who passed away on March 18 at the age of 88.
Diane Hall is the current president of the Warren Astronomical Society. She is a Space Race enthusiast and intermittent movie reviewer for the WASP. She and her observing partner Jonathan Kade would like to one day resume their visits to the surviving Apollo-era spacecraft scattered around the world; they are kicking themselves for not paying a proper visit to the Michigan Space & Science Museum in Jackson before it closed.
If you would like to present either a short talk (10-15 minutes) or a full-length talk (45-60 minutes) at a future meeting, please email Dale Partin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The views expressed in presentations are those of the speakers and do not necessarily represent, and should not be attributed to, the Warren Astronomical Society.