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Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-24-2008 05:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NASA release
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NASA Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Seattle Future Forum

Mayor Gregory J. Nickels has signed a proclamation recognizing NASA for its contribution to the space-related economy in the Seattle region, as well as its role in exploration, scientific discovery and research. The day of recognition coincides with a NASA Future Forum at the Museum of Flight in Seattle on Jan. 25, the first in a yearlong series of events across the country to mark the agency's 50th anniversary. NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale is the keynote speaker at the forum.

Other NASA speakers at the event include Jeff Hanley, manager of NASA's Constellation Program that is developing the next generation of vehicles for space travel, and astronaut Janet Kavandi. Kavandi, deputy chief of the astronaut office in Houston, earned her doctorate at the University of Washington. Lt. Gov. Brad Owen will deliver the luncheon address.

"The Museum of Flight is proud to support the Future Forum. Our mission is to be more than a bridge to the history of aerospace. We also strive to be a link to the aerospace and education communities of today," said astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, the president of the Museum of Flight. "The forum, with its associated student and educator activities, wonderfully fulfills this mission by bringing together today's leaders with today's learners."

Panels throughout the day will feature open discussions among NASA representatives and Washington state academic and commercial groups regarding the future of space exploration. Panelists include representatives from the University of Washington, Seattle; Western Washington University, Bellingham; The Boeing Company, Chicago; Google, Mountain View, Calif.; and Aerojet, Sacramento, Calif.

"Hosting this Future Forum event in Seattle is a real testament to the link between our state's technology industry and the work going on at NASA in space and terrestrial exploration," said Ken Myer, president and CEO of the WSA, Washington's technology trade organization. "Washington is home to a variety of companies which are in some way working with NASA on innovations and joint projects."

As part of the forum, the museum is featuring a limited engagement exhibition of a rare Mars meteorite. The meteorite, named Elephant Moraine 79001 after its landing site in Antarctica, is about the size of a thumb with a mass of only 34 grams.

The Seattle Future Forum is sponsored in part by the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. Other sponsors include Google, Boeing, Raytheon Corp., Waltham, Mass. and WSA.


According to the Museum of Flight's website, "While the panel discussions are invitation-only, they will be simulcast in the Museum's Murdock Theater."

The following day on January 26, Dr. Bonnie Dunbar will deliver a public lecture at 2:00 p.m. PST about her personal experiences in space and her thoughts about our space-bound future.

space4u
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posted 01-24-2008 07:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Also of note: NASA-TV will broadcast NASA's Shana Dale from the Seattle Museum of Flight's NASA Future Forum Series at 11:30 AM eastern time on Friday Jan. 25.

If anyone is going to the Bonnie Dunbar lecture, I'd love to find out what she said if anyone is taking notes or anything--please advise.

Thanks, Marcy

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posted 01-25-2008 11:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by space4u:
If anyone is going to the Bonnie Dunbar lecture, I'd love to find out what she said if anyone is taking notes or anything--please advise.
I'm lousy at taking notes, but I do plan on being there tomorrow.

Tom

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posted 01-25-2008 01:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi Tom: I guess lousy is better than nothing.
Thanks, Marcy

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posted 01-28-2008 12:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by space4u:
I guess lousy is better than nothing.
My girlfriend's mother always takes pages of notes since she is the editor of our astronomy club newsletter.

Went on Saturday and saw Dunbar's talk. I've seen this one several time since she seems to use the same thing (with slight variations) most of the time. I just saw her same talk last week at an Astronomy club banquet where she was invited as the guest speaker.

Also saw the little chunk of Mars meteorite which is here for a few weeks. It was well protected by a double case and bolted to the floor. That wasn't going anywhere!

They also had a pretty nice display set up about the Orion program as well as videos and a large model of the CEV spacecraft.

Tom

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posted 01-28-2008 03:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for space4u   Click Here to Email space4u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hey thanks for the update Tom.
--Marcy

Lou Chinal
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posted 01-28-2008 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Lou Chinal   Click Here to Email Lou Chinal     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tom, I never heard the "Dunbar Talk". Does she talk about Mars at all? Fill us in.

-Lou

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posted 01-29-2008 12:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tegwilym   Click Here to Email tegwilym     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Lou Chinal:
Tom, I never heard the "Dunbar Talk". Does she talk about Mars at all? Fill us in.
She did talk about Mars a little bit, but it was pretty much the stuff that most of us know about already. Basically, we need to get back to the moon first, learn more about living in microgravity for a long time for the trip out and back, and get the CEV up and running. Of course the Mars walkers were one of the kids sitting up front.

Kind of the usual thing, but then again, nobody really knows what the plans are for that next big step...

Tom

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