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MISSION CONTROL: The Unsung Heros Of Apollo
MISSION CONTROL: The Unsung Heros Of Apollo

  June 2017

VISIONS OF SPACE 2 – An Exhibition of Astronomical & Space Art

VISIONS OF SPACE 2 – An Exhibition of Astronomical & Space Art

An Exhibition of Astronomical and Space Art by British IAAA artists, including David A. Hardy FBIS, Fellow and European Vice-President of the IAAA, former BIS President Bob Parkinson MBE, Jackie Burns, Richard Bizley, Gavin Mundy, Mark A. Garlick and Nick Stevens, as well as works by well-known US artists.
The exhibition will also feature a history of space exploration illustrated by models by BIS Fellow Mat Irvine, BBC special affects wizard, designer, producer and director.
Entrance is FREE.
Location: Wells & Mendip Museum, Somerset.
Date & Time:  10am-5pm, Saturday 9th June to Saturday 24th June 2017 (Closed Sundays).

Meet Astronaut Alexei Leonov - The first man to walk in space.
Meet Apollo Astronaut Walter Cunningham
Meet Apollo 11 Moonwalker Buzz Aldrin
Meet Apollo 16 Moonwalker Charlie Duke
Meet Apollo 17 Moonwalker Harrison Schmitt
Meet NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut Sandra Magnus
Meet NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut Terry Virts
Meet Stephen Hawking Theoretical physicist
Meet Alexander Volkov
Meet Sergey Volkov
Meet Christer Fuglesang
Meet Brian Cox

STARMUS Festival IV: Life And The Universe

The Starmus Festival was born to celebrate science and the arts with the goal of bringing an understanding and appreciation of science to the public at large. Starmus IV is going to be the biggest Starmus festival yet: an international star-studded gathering of scientists, artists, musicians, writers, business leaders, and more; all coming together to celebrate science. It will be an exciting festival of talks, concerts, debates, parties, and learning.
Location:
Trondheim, Norway.
Date & Time:
18th – 23rd June 2017.
  • Alexei Leonov Cancelled (Voskhod 2, Apollo Soyuz Test Project)
  • Walter Cunningham Cancelled (Apollo 7)
  • Buzz Aldrin (Gemini 12, Apollo 11)
  • Charles Duke (Apollo 16)
  • Harrison Schmitt (Apollo 17)
  • Sandra Magnus (STS-112, STS-126, ISS 18, STS-135)
  • Terry Virts (STS-130, Soyuz TMA-15M, ISS 42/43)
  • Stephen Hawking (Theoretical physicist)
  • Brian Cox (Physicist)
  • Christer Fuglesang (STS-116, STS-128)
  • Alexander Volkov (Soyuz T-14, Soyuz TM-7, Soyuz TM-13)
  • Sergey Volkov (Soyuz TMA-12, ISS 17, Soyuz TMA-02M, ISS-28/29, Soyuz TMA-18M, ISS 45/46)
    and many more scientists including Planetary Scientists, Astrophysicists and Nobel Laureates.

Mike Massimino

Astronaut Mike Massimino

The Free University of Glastonbury is a eclectic programme of entertaining and enlightening talks that take place from midday-ish until 4pm in the Crow’s Nest at the top of the Park. Tea and exceedingly good cakes are served. The Free University is a wonderful place to unwind, take in the amazing view whilst listening to talks that cover everything from evolution to The Fall.
Date & Time2:00pm, Friday 23rd June 2017.

Museum of the Moon

Museum of the Moon

The London premiere of Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon combines lunar imagery and moonlight emanating from an incredible seven metre moon sculpture, featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface and a surround sound composition features archive audio from moon landings. 
Date & Time10:00pm, Friday 23rd June 2017.

NASA Astronaut Mike Foale

Astronaut Mike Foale
Mir Space Station Collision Special Event

SPONSORED EVENT
An audience with British-born NASA Astronaut Mike Foale to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Mir Space Station M-34 collision in space. Mike will narrate, live on stage, a feature length audio-visual presentation including private videos, photos and a personal account of what really caused the collision and exactly how the crew and Mir Space Station were saved.
Event includes meet & greet, photo-shoot, lecture, interview, audience Q&A, autographs and a VIP option.
Come and share in this celebration of a British NASA astronaut and his achievements, the first British citizen to walk in space and former Commander of the International Space Station.

Date & Time:  12pm-6pm, Saturday 24th June 2017.

RAF Spadeadam and Old Blue Streak Facilities
BIS Trip to visit RAF Spadeadam and Old Blue Streak Facilities

BIS visit to RAF Spadeadam and the Blue Streak Facilities

The BIS History Committee is proposing a visit to RAF Spadeadam in Cumbria to tour the RAF station and visit the surviving old Blue Streak testing facilities. The Spadeadam Rocket Establishment was chosen by the Ministry of Aviation in 1955 as the first site to develop and test the proposed Blue Streak IRBM. The first underground launch site was also to be built. The design of the test facilities was the model for the eventual Woomera Launch Centre in Australia.
Exclusive to BIS members only.
Please contact the BIS to register your interest before end of July 2016 (link below).

Location:
 RAF Spadeadam, Cumbria.
Date & Time: 
Proposed visit will take place over two days, probably during the 19-25th June 2017.

The Royal Institution

Apocalypse How

In billions of years, the sun will expand to engulf the Earth and life on this planet will become impossible. But there are plenty of ways it could end much sooner! Just in time for Asteroid Day, join Lewis Dartnell and a panel of scientists and disaster experts including Vinay Gupta and Hugh Lewis for a discussion on how to cancel the apocalypse.
Date & Time:  7:00pm, Wednesday 28th June 2017.

Jeffrey Hoffman

Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman

Dr. Hoffman will explain what led to Hubble’s initial problems, recall his shuttle experience as a space telescope “repair man”, and discuss how those repairs have led to the telescope becoming one of the greatest science instruments ever built.
Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland).
8:00pm, Thursday 29th June 2017.

  July 2017

The North West Astronomy Festival

The North West Astronomy Festival

The North West Astronomy Festival is an annual event in Runcorn Cheshire delivering a packed programme of talks, presentations, activities, trade, clubs & societies and a Social Supper.
Sorry, we are unable to recommend or respond to questions concerning this event.
Location: The Heath Business & Technical Park, Runcorn.
Date & Time: 10:00am to 5:00 pm, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July 2017.

Bluedot Festival 2017

Bluedot Festival 2017

An intergalactic festival of Music, Science, Technology & The Exploration of Space held at the iconic Jodrell Bank Observatory.
Location: Jodrell Bank, Cheshire.
Date & Time:  Friday 7th - Sunday 9th July 2017.


Alexei Leonov

Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov

Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov visits Europe's biggest exhibition for human space flight at Technik Museum Speyer, Germany for a free lecture, audience Q&A and mail-in signing. Only standard museum entry ticket is required to attend lecture (350 seats available).
Location: Technik Museum Speyer, Germany.
Date & Time: 2:30pm, Saturday 8th July 2017
This event has been CANCELLED

Exploring the Moon by Southend Libraries and Museums

Exploring The Moon

Uncover the secrets of Earth’s moon in this fascinating Planetarium session over Summer. Learn about the myths and legends associated with it, alongside fascinating facts that will make you think twice the next time you look up at night.
Location:  Southend Central Museum & Planetarium.
Date & Time: 2:00pm, Saturday 22nd July 2017.

Stories in the Sky by Southend Libraries and Museums

Stories in the Sky

Discover the fascinating stories behind the constellations in the night sky. Why is Cancer the crab among the stars? Why are Orion and Scorpius so far from each other? Talks suitable for children aged 3+.
Location:  Southend Central Museum & Planetarium.
Date & Time: 11:00am, Tuesday 25th July 2017.

The Royal Institution

Eclipse: Journeys to the dark side of the Moon

On 21 August, over 100 million people will gather in a narrow belt across the USA to witness the most watched total solar eclipse in history. Former Christmas Lecturer Frank Close will describe why eclipses happen, their role in history and myth and reveal the spellbinding allure of this most beautiful natural phenomenon.
Date & Time:  7:00pm, Tuesday 25th July 2017.

Buzz Aldrin

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin

Each year, ISU honors the memory of one of its greatest supporters, Dr. Gerald Soffen, with a lecture featuring a prominent visionary in the space sector. Few are more visionary than ISU’s Chancellor and Apollo 11 moonwalker, Dr. Buzz Aldrin.
Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland).
8:00pm, Tuesday 27th July 2017.

  August 2017

Space Plus by Southend Libraries and Museums

Space Plus

Learn about space in our planetarium, handle actual meteorites and discover the size of the Solar System in our space workshop! Suitable for ages 7+ (children under 7 will not be admitted). Planetarium Show 45mins, Handling Session 15-30mins.
Location:  Southend Central Museum & Planetarium.
Date & Time:11am & 3pm, Tuesdays 1st, 15th & 29th August 2017.

Exploring the Moon by Southend Libraries and Museums

Exploring The Moon

Uncover the secrets of Earth’s moon in this fascinating Planetarium session over Summer. Learn about the myths and legends associated with it, alongside fascinating facts that will make you think twice the next time you look up at night.
Location:  Southend Central Museum & Planetarium.
Date & Time:  2:00pm, Saturday 5th August 2017.

Stories in the Sky by Southend Libraries and Museums

Stories in the Sky

Discover the fascinating stories behind the constellations in the night sky. Why is Cancer the crab among the stars? Why are Orion and Scorpius so far from each other? Talks suitable for children aged 3+.
Location:  Southend Central Museum & Planetarium.
Date & Time: 11:00am, Tuesday 8th August 2017.

SolarSphere 2017

SolarSphere 2017: Astronomy & Music Festival

A family festival combining Music and Astronomy. Event includes; Solar and night sky observing, planetarium shows, astronomy talks and workshops, trade stands, camping and lots of music. A full schedule of events will be confirmed nearer the time.
Location: Penmaenau Farm Builth Well Powys Wales.
Date & Time:  Friday 11th August 2017 - Monday 14th August 2017.

Exploring the Moon by Southend Libraries and Museums

Exploring The Moon

Uncover the secrets of Earth’s moon in this fascinating Planetarium session over Summer. Learn about the myths and legends associated with it, alongside fascinating facts that will make you think twice the next time you look up at night.
Location:  Southend Central Museum & Planetarium.
Date & Time:  2:00pm, Saturday 19th August 2017.

Stories in the Sky by Southend Libraries and Museums

Stories in the Sky

Discover the fascinating stories behind the constellations in the night sky. Why is Cancer the crab among the stars? Why are Orion and Scorpius so far from each other? Talks suitable for children aged 3+.
Location:  Southend Central Museum & Planetarium.
Date & Time: 11:00am, Tuesday 22nd August 2017.

Jerry Bostick  (Apollo FIDO)

Jerry Bostick (Apollo FIDO)

An awe-inspiring evening with one of NASA's heroes from the era of landing man on the moon - Flight Controller Jerry Bostick.
Live talk followed by an audience Q&A. Optional photo and book-signing available.

Llanwddyn Community Hall, Wales (UK).
4:00pm, Saturday 26th August 2017.

  September 2017

Jodrell Bank Observatory

Lovell Lecture – Pulsars: Lighthouses of the Skies

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of pulsars, we’re delighted to welcome Professor Joel Weisberg to present our September Lovell Lecture. Co-author of over 60 scientific journal articles, author of an annotated bibliography on pulsars, and editor of a further book of pulsar articles, Weisberg is a leading figure in the field of pulsar research..
Location:  Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield.
Date:  7:30pm, Wednesday 6th September 2017.

Apollo Astronaut Charlie Duke

Apollo Astronaut Charlie Duke
10th Man to Walk on the Moon

SPONSORED EVENT
The Armchair Astronaut is pleased to sponsor an afternoon on the Moon with NASA Apollo Astronaut and Moonwalker Charlie Duke. Come and hear his story, the anecdotes and the memories told by the man himself. Hear about life on the front-line of the space race, the atmosphere in mission control during the historic Apollo 11 first lunar landing and later his own journey to the Lunar highlands and walk on the Moon.
Each guest will have the opportunity to meet Charlie Duke in person, to pose for a professional keepsake photo and take home a signed, inscribed photo.
Optional VIP reception available.

Date & Time:  12pm-5:30pm, Saturday 9th September 2017.

Meet Astronaut Capt Jim Lovell

Astronaut Jim Lovell

Captain James Lovell will be opening the International Aircraft Cabin Air Conference 2017. Afterwards there will be an opportunity to attend a special formal dinner event during which Captain James Lovell will give a talk. 
Date:  7:00pm, Tuesday 19th September 2017.

Anousheh Ansari

Astronaut Anousheh Ansari

In 2006 Anousheh Ansari captured headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer and the first astronaut of Iranian descent. She joins the IAWF conference as a keynote speaker for Iranian woman in technology.
Location:  IAWF Conference, London.
Date & Time
Saturday 23rd September 2017.

New Scientist Live

New Scientist Live

New Scientist Live is a festival of ideas and discovery. The show returns for its second year in 2017 taking place at ExCeL London. Rooted in the biggest, best and most provocative science, New Scientist Live will touch on all areas of human life. The show will feature four immersive zones covering Brain & Body, Technology, Earth and Cosmos.
Location:  Excel, London.
Date & Time
Thursday 28th September 2017 to Sunday 1st October 2017.

  October 2017

World Space Week 2017

The British Interplanetary Society Events

Skylark – Britain’s First Space Rocket

This talk, by Robin Brand, will detail the history of the British Skylark rocket which launched thousands of scientific instruments in to space from Australia and around the world, returning some of the earliest astronomical images obtained.
Location:  Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.
Date & Time:   7:30pm, Thursday 5th October 2017.

World Space Week 2016
Cunard QM2 World Space Week 2017 Cruise
Meet NASA Astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman

"Space Cruise" Cunard Queen Mary 2 Transatlantic Crossing

Embark on a 7 night Eastbound Transatlantic crossing aboard the Cunard Queen Mary 2 and celebrate International World Space Week with a host of space experts from many fields. Guest speakers include:
  • Charles Barclay (Royal Astronomical Society)
  • Dr Ken MacTaggart (NASA Historian)
  • Jeffrey Hoffman (NASA Astronaut)
  • Stephen Attenborough (Virgin Galactic)
Location: New York to Southampton. Eastbound Transatlantic.
Date & Time: 
6th - 13th October 2016.


The British Interplanetary Society Events

Space Day 2017

Space Day allows Space related groups to promote themselves and their activities to the public in an entertaining and informative manner. Exhibitors, shows, talks, competitions and more.
Location: Worcester.
Date & Time:   11:00am-4:30pm, Saturday 7th October 2017.

Asteroid Mining – A new gold rush or a way of going bust?

Asteroid Mining – A new gold rush or a way of going bust?

Michael Morris Franks LLB FBIS | Partner William Sturges LLP delivers a thought provoking lecture about the future of space mining.
Location: The Lecture Club, London.
Date & Time: 6:30pm, Tuesday 10th October 2017.

The International Astronomy Show 2017

The International Astronomy Show 2017

One of the astronomy social events of the year! World renowned speakers, trade stands, displays and more.
List of speakers and exhibitors to be announced over the coming weeks. Watch this space!
Location:  Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.
Date & Time: 13th-14th October 2017.

RISpace 2017

RISpace 2017

Reinventing Space, organised by the British Interplanetary Society, is a conference and exhibition dedicated to one of the space industry’s fastest growing sectors – low cost access and utilisation of space. It is the largest conference worldwide in this important sector and was the second biggest space event in the UK during 2015.
Location: Strathclyde University’s Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow.
Date & Time:  24th-26th October 2017.

  November 2017

Bruce McCandless II

Astronaut Bruce McCandless II

Space Lectures present NASA Space Shuttle Astronaut Bruce McCandless for the November 2017 dinner and lecture events. In 1984 Bruce became the first Astronaut to perform an untethered spacewalk and was on the crew that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope.
Pontefract, Yorkshire (UK).
Gala Dinner: Friday 3rd November 2017.
Lecture Event: Saturday 4th November 2017.


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