Defying Gravity: Human exploration of space

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Posted on 14 October 2013
The UK has a vibrant space industry and the future for further exploration looks very promising

The Staffordshire Physics Centre 2013-4 Programme

The following talks will be given in room LJ1.75, Lennard-Jones Laboratories, Keele University, ST5 5BG

Thursday 17th October 2013 7.30 p.m.

"Defying Gravity: Human exploration of space", Laura Thomas, LF Thomas Consulting,:

"We humans are explorers. Once we had conquered the ends of the Earth we began to wonder about visiting the stars. As our knowledge of physics improved, we applied it to defying gravity andexploring space. I will go into the history of human spaceflight and the role that physics played. The UK has a vibrant space industry and the future for further exploration looks very promising. So I will ask: where are we going to go next and who will make that journey?"

Thursday 7th November 2013 7.30 p.m. "The Physics of Star Wars" Prof. Martin Henry, Glasgow University

Thursday 5th December 2013 7.30 p.m. "Neutrinos" Prof. Dr. Alfons Weber, University of Oxford and Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Thursday 30th January 2014 7.30 p.m. “How do you really know what the temperature is?” Dr Michael de Podesta, National Physical Laboratory

Thursday 27th February 2014 7.30 p.m. “Robert Hooke, astronomy and the early Royal Society” Dr Felicity Henderson, University of Exeter

Thursday 20th March 2014 7.30 p.m. “Exoplanets: Where are our alien neighbours?” Prof. D. Pollacco, University of Warwick

Tea and coffee available in LJ1.20 from 6.30 p.m. All talks followed by Q&A These lectures are open to the public and are sponsored by the West Midlands Branch of the IoP. Admission is free but it is necessary to register for catering purposes. To register, please email your name, the number in your party, and the speaker's name to There is ample car parking space on campus, which is free during the evening.