AIAA Houston Section will have a dinner event next Monday, March 9!
Presentation at 5:30 (FREE lecture only)
The presentation will take place in the Discovery Room of the Gilruth Center.
Join us as AIAA distinguished lecturer, Dan Adamo, explores what can be a pioneering destination in space. Why is Mars the widely accepted future?
This 1.5-hour lecture reviews historic Earthly distinctions between exploring and pioneering before applying these distinctions to destinations in space. Although a case can be made for human and robotic exploration in space, there is as yet no compelling rationale for “putting down roots” to pioneer anywhere off Earth. Why then is the surface of Mars widely accepted as humanity’s future “home away from home” to the extent some 200,000 people are willing to attempt forming a permanent colony there? There is no evidence suggesting humans can survive on the surface of Mars long term, let alone thrive there to produce viable offspring. A variety of evidence is presented to affirm the surface of Mars is a “socio-cultural” destination whose suitability for human pioneering is based on more than a century of fictional literature and poorly informed research as the Space Age dawned. More current knowledge of the “unexplored country” in our Solar System suggests small bodies such as asteroids and the moons of Mars are humanity’s best hope for pioneering off Earth this century.
Dan Adamo –
A recognized authority in human space flight trajectory design and operations with extensive experience in associated operations concept formulation, training, documentation, and software development
Specialties: Rendezvous launch window and orbit maneuver targeting, procedures development and coordination with domestic and international stake-holders, technical documentation, trajectory prediction and simulation, public education and outreach
San Jacinto College has a paid internship opportunity at NASA’s Johnson Space Center. The pay rate is $20/hour for an undergraduate student and $24/hour for a graduate student. The successful candidate works with NASA professionals on projects related to the International Space Station and space travel projects.
They are looking for a student that can work 20-35 hours a week around their class schedule.
Thank you for your consideration. See the following attachment for details.
Please join the AIAA Houston Section History Technical Committee for “A Photographic History of Wildlife at and around NASA’s Johnson Space Center” by Gary Seloff, NASA/JSC Information Management Specialist.
Wildlife on the campus of NASA/JSC includes bobcats, alligators, coyotes, snakes, lizards, and many kinds of birds, including herons, egrets, woodpeckers, owls, flycatchers, cardinals, mockingbirds, bluejays, sparrows, doves, bald eagles, and ospreys.
Wednesday, June 6 11:30am-1:00pm Tietronix
AIAA Houston Section provides sandwiches (our treat) from Jimmy Johns based on the crowd size using the online registration.
See the 2014 program (PDF). Check back often as this program will grow. (Current as of May 2, 2014)
Important Dates to Remember
Monday, April 21, 2014 – Abstracts due to planning committee (contact us sooner if possible) Monday, April 28, 2014 – Abstract authors notified of abstract acceptance Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Luncheon Reservations (pay online at time of RSVP) Friday, May 9, 2014 – Registration (all day, starting at 8:00 AM)
More information and abstract information is available on the 2014 ATS page.
AIAA Houston welcomes Commander Chris Cassidy to kickoff our Annual Technical Symposium with his presentation, “Go for EVA – words that all astronauts want to hear!” Before becoming an Astronaut, Commander Chris Cassidy served 10 years as a Navy Seal. He made four six-month deployments: two to Afghanistan, and two to the Mediterranean. He deployed to the Afghanistan region two weeks after 9/11/01, served as Ground Assault Force Commander for international and U.S.-only combat missions in Afghanistan, and led two months of noncompliant ship-boardings in the Northern Arabian Gulf. In 2004 Commander Cassidy was selected as an astronaut by NASA. Before completing his first flight, he served as Capsule Communicator(CAPCOM) in Mission Control. Commander Cassidy flew on STS 127 which helped complete the construction of the Japanese Kibo module on the International Space Station. Most recently, Cassidy served as a flight engineer on Expedition 35/36, living and working on the station for more than five months. During his NASA career, Cassidy has completed six spacewalks, totaling 31 hours, 14 minutes and has accumulated 182 days in space.
Please RSVP by choosing a meal (dessert included) below and we will see you on May 8th to kick off our Annual Technical Symposium!