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Voskhod
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posted 11-26-2006 04:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Voskhod   Click Here to Email Voskhod     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Dr Mike Griffin, head of NASA will be giving a free lecture at the Royal Society in London on 1st December.
Not sure if I can make it due to work though....heres the link;
http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/event.asp?id=5557&month=12,2006

All the best, Ollie

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posted 11-26-2006 09:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks Ollie.
It's 10 mins from my office but I'll be up in Leicester for the STS-121 lecture.

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posted 11-26-2006 11:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Naraht   Click Here to Email Naraht     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the heads-up. I think that I'll be trying to make this one...

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posted 11-27-2006 12:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I guess the lecture will be videotaped and put online afterwards ... like most lectures at the Royal Society ?

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posted 12-02-2006 08:47 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Naraht   Click Here to Email Naraht     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was there last night. It was a good audience--probably over 200 people, although there were some empty seats. There would probably have been a lot more people there if they had known that Stephen Hawking would be in the audience! I believe that Colin Pillinger was there too.

The talk was pretty good, if unexceptional. I felt that there was a bit too much playing to the Anglo-American "special relationship," references to Winston Churchill, and all the rest of it. Griffin said that he hoped English would become the lingua franca of the solar system.

For once, I have to agree with Keith Cowing of NASA Watch, who commented that the emphasis on the English-speaking world and on Western civilization was more than a little odd: http://www.nasawatch.com/archives/2006/12/the_true_face_o.html#more

There were only twenty minutes for questions, which was disappointed because I'm sure there were a lot of other people who would have liked to ask questions. Still, there were some good ones, and Griffin's answers were both interesting and extremely sensible. I came away feeling a great deal of confidence in him as a NASA administrator, if a bit bemused by his old-fashioned historiography.

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