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Apollo Astronaut Charlie Duke

SPONSORED CHARITY EVENT
Apollo Astronaut Charlie Duke

10th Man to Walk on the Moon

YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO MEET AN APOLLO MOONWALKER LIVE IN THE U.K.
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.
Group (10+) discounts available to recognised space societies.

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (UK).
Saturday 9th September 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.
Southend Central Museum & Planetarium.
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.
Southend Central Museum & Planetarium.
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+.
Southend Central Museum & Planetarium.
11:00am, Tuesday 22nd August 2017.

NASA Apollo Flight Controller Jerry Bostick

Jerry Bostick
NASA Mission Control: Apollo FIDO

SPONSORED EVENT
An awe-inspiring evening with one of NASA's mission control heroes from the historic Apollo moon-landing era: 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.

Jerry Bostick - Apollo FIDO

Jerry Bostick (Apollo FIDO)

Former NASA Flight Controller Jerry Bostick speaks about his career in NASA's Mission Control during the historic Apollo Moon-landing era. Jerry will sign autographs after the lecture and Q&A session (books and photos available at the event).
National Space Centre, Leicester (UK).
10:30am, Monday 28th August 2017.


Jerry Bostick - Apollo FIDO

Jerry Bostick (Apollo FIDO)

Former NASA Flight Controller Jerry Bostick speaks about his career in NASA's Mission Control during the historic Apollo Moon-landing era. Jerry will sign autographs after the lecture and Q&A session (books and photos available at the event).
Pelsall, Walsall (UK).
6:30pm, Tuesday 29th August 2017.


Public Stargazing Astronomy
An Introduction to Relativity
Brighton Astro present this FREE talk with guest speaker Dr Stephen Wilkins (Sussex University) as part of their ongoing monthly programme of astronomy talks and events in the Brighton and Hove area.
7:30pm, Tuesday 29th August 2017.
68 Middle Street, Brighton (UK).

  September 2017

Sun, Stars & Planets

Sun, Stars & Planets

Come and watch the setting Sun through a solar scope before turning to the night sky where the Moon and planets are visible.
Free public event from the Kernow Astronomers. Weather permitting.
Bedruthan Steps, Cornwall (UK).
7:00pm, Saturday 2nd 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..
Jodrell Bank, Macclesfield.
7:30pm, Wednesday 6th September 2017.

Apollo Astronaut Charlie Duke

SPONSORED CHARITY EVENT
Apollo Astronaut Charlie Duke

10th Man to Walk on the Moon

YOUR ONLY CHANCE TO MEET AN APOLLO MOONWALKER LIVE IN THE U.K.
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.
Group (10+) discounts available to recognised space societies.

Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (UK).
Saturday 9th September 2017.


Anna Fisher

Astronaut Anna Fisher

Astronaut Anna Fisher (mission STS-51A) talks about her NASA career and flight to space on the Shuttle Discovery.
Rencontre de l'Espace, Auriol (France).
7:00pm, 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. 
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.
IAWF Conference, London.
Saturday 23rd September 2017.


Tim Peake

Astronaut Tim Peake

University of York Open Lectures welcomes ESA Astronaut Tim Peake for a free public lecture.

New Scientist Live
Tim Peake

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.
Excel, London.
Thursday 28th September 2017 to Sunday 1st October 2017.

  October 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.
Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution.
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)
New York to Southampton. Eastbound Transatlantic.
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.
Worcester.
11:00am-4:30pm, Saturday 7th October 2017.

Dirk Frimout
Claudie Haigneré
Ulf Merbold
Ernst Messerschmid
André Kuipers
Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu

European Space Agency Open Day

You are invited to visit ESA’s technical heart in the Netherlands for its annual Open Day. The theme this year is Bringing Space to Earth. Visit us to meet astronauts and mission experts, see how we simulate space on the ground, and discover the knowledge and technologies brought back to Earth from space. .
  • Dirk Frimout (STS-45)
  • Claudie Haigneré (Soyuz TM-24, Soyuz TM-33)
  • André Kuipers (Soyuz TMA-4, Soyuz TMA-03M, ISS 30/31)
  • Ulf Merbold (STS-9, STS-42, Soyuz TM-20)
  • Ernst Messerschmid (STS-61A)
  • Dumitru-Dorin Prunariu (Soyuz 40)
Noordwijk (The Netherlands).
Sunday 8th October 2017.


Al Worden

Astronaut Al Worden

Dark Sky Wales is honoured to host Colonel Al Worden, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 15. Al Worden will talk live on stage about his life and career and will be available to sign books and pictures after the lecture for additional fees.
Aberdare Coliseum, Wales (UK).
7:00pm, Monday 9th 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.
The Lecture Club, London.
6:30pm, Tuesday 10th October 2017.

The Last Man On The Moon

The International Astronomy Show 2017

World renowned speakers, trade stands, displays and more.Guest speakers include:
  • Nigel A Ball.
  • Dr Helen Mason OBE.
  • Dr Denis Erkal.
  • Dr Jonathan Nichols.
  • Dr Nicholas Achilleos.
  • Dr Guillem Anglada.
  • Mark Craig, Director, pays tribute to Apollo 17 Commander Gene Cernan and shares a unique insight from making "The Last Man On The Moon" movie.
  • Patrick Gilliand.
  • Prof Michael Merrifield.
  • Dr Chris Copperwheat.
  • Prof Chris Lintott.

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.
Strathclyde University’s Technology and Innovation Centre, Glasgow.
24th-26th October 2017.

Astronaut Helen Sharman
Astronaut Helen Sharman
Join Helen Sharman OBE, Britain’s first Astronaut, for an inspiring talk about her time in space!
Norwich Cathedral (UK).
2:00pm, Thursday 26th October 2017.

  November 2017

Astronaut Claude Nicollier  (STS-46, STS-61, STS-75, STS-103)
Astronaut Jean-François Clervoy  (STS-66, STS-84, STS-103)
Astronaut Charles Duke  (Apollo 16)

Swiss Apollo

Public presentation with astronauts Claude Nicollier, Jean-François Clervoy and Charlie Duke (TBC).
Swiss Tech Convention Center, Ecublens (Switzerland).
8:00pm, Friday 3rd 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.


André Kuipers

Astronaut André Kuipers

Using the latest special effects and state-of-the-art techniques, entertainment, science, technology and sustainability come together in an impressive 'in the round' show with André Kuipers at the center. A multimedia show for everyone from 5 to 95.
SpaceXperience LIVE, Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
Saturday 11th November 2017.


British Interplanetary Society

Apollo Programme Artifacts

FREE lecture will introduce a number of Apollo era artefacts a couple of which have made the 240,000 mile journey to the moon and back again. This lecture will feature these flown items complete with photographs and supporting audio of their use, to show that some 40 years later they still have a fascinating story to tell.
The Gardeners Arms, Droitwich (UK).
1:45pm, Saturday 18th November 2017.


Astronaut Scott Kelly

Astronaut Scott Kelly

Scott Kelly introduces his new book "Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery".
Live talk followed by book signing.
London (UK)
7:30pm, Thursday 23rd November 2017.

  February 2018

Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Astronaut Chris Hadfield
Chris Hadfield, the first Canadian to walk in space, returns to the UK again to reflect on his life and career, sharing videos, photos, anecdotes both humorous and terrifying live on stage.... oh, and he'll be bringing his guitar!
Mayflower Theatre, Southampton (UK).
7:30pm, Monday 12th February 2018.

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