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Event ID:  4579
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Organization:  Halifax Café Scientifique & the British Interplanetary Society
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Dates:  9th October 2013 to 9th October 2013
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Type:  Public
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Country:  United Kingdom
State/Province:  West Yorkshire
City:  Halifax
Event Name:  Exploration of the Solar System
Event Description:  7.30pm BST. The UK has played a significant role in the exploration of the solar system. From the NASA cricket team and their contribution to the Apollo programme to the critical role of UK scientists and engineers in the formation of the European Space Agency (ESA), the UK's role has not received the acknowledgment it deserved. This presentation is intended to highlight UK contributions, but also point the audience to some of the excellent resources made available via the space agencies to allow them to explore the solar system via their own computers. Dave Wright is a historian, teacher, founder of the UK Space Conference and writer on British rockets and nuclear weapon delivery systems. His interest in space was sparked by the Apollo programme. After completing a masters in contemporary British history, he was looking for a subject for his doctoral research and decided on the topic of the Blue Streak nuclear delivery system. His research led to the setting up of the British Rocket Oral History Programme and the Charterhouse Conferences. After the first conference in 1998 on Blue Streak, the subject matter rapidly diverged to take in all UK rocket projects of the 1950s, 60s and 70s. The conference became an annual event attracting the elite of the UK aerospace community and international speakers including astronauts and senior officials from both ESA and NASA. The conference finally metamorphosed into the UK Space Conference which the UK Space Agency took over when it was formed in 2010. Viaduct Café Bar, Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire HX3 5AX. There is free parking and the doors open from 6.00 pm for drinks and cold snacks. Parking: From the direction of the town centre, turn right off Dean Clough before the big building on the right and drive down the ramp (the barrier opens automatically). From the car park take the steps down to the Viaduct Café.
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