Public Science Lecture Series
Hosted by Aerospace, Physics and Space Sciences, the Public Lecture Series is an evening lecture on a topic of general interest in science. This year the lectures will be virtual and livestreamed on our YouTube channel.
In lieu of the telescopes "hor d'oeuvres" that follow our public talks, the Student Astronomical Society, Students for the Exploration and Development of Space and the Astrobiological Research and Education Society have put together a virtual space where you can learn more and interact live with club members. This more informal setting but allows for more interaction. Please join us here after the talk at the for this interactive virtual experience.
Lectures are typically held 4th Friday of each month during the academic year starting at 8pm ET.
August 27th, Dr. Manasvi Lingam, Florida Institute of Technology
September 24th, Dr. Daniel Batcheldor, NASA Kennedy Space Center
Humanity is preparing to return to the moon; this time not simply as tourists. Lunar regolith (dust) presents a risk when landing and operating anywhere on the lunar surface, but at the south pole this same material may also become a resource. However, the lunar south pole presents other interesting risks and opportunities particularly when it comes to the impact of the Sun. The perpetually low Sun angle, as it tracks around the horizon, will provide almost constant illumination for surface operations and photovoltaic power systems, but it may also generate a complex electromagnetic environment. In addition, large areas of the lunar surface will be in permanent, or near permanent shadow. Such shadows may be the location of significant resources but they may also hamper surface operations. In this talk, the effects of dust and the sun angle on lunar surface operations will be discussed, and technologies currently under development to help alleviate some of these issues will be presented.
October 22nd, Dr. Darby Proctor, Florida Institute of Technology
January 28th, TBD
February 25th, TBD
March 25th, TBD
April 22nd, TBD