A spaceman came travelling...to Leicester

Posted by ap507 at Nov 06, 2014 04:55 PM |
NASA astronaut to give public lecture at University on Tuesday 11 November
A spaceman came travelling...to Leicester

Dr Jeff Hoffman during his time as a NASA astronaut

NASA Astronaut Jeff Hoffman, a member of the team on the first rescue mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope - a vital tool in uncovering some of the secrets of the universe - will present a free public talk on Tuesday 11 November at the University's Bennett Lecture Theatre 1 at 6:30pm.

Professor Hoffman, an Honorary graduate and Visiting Professor at the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, will be discussing 'What went wrong with Hubble, and how did we fix it?' on the day, as well as giving a short presentation giving an introduction into the “MOXIE" experiment (Mars Oxygen In-Situ Resource Utilization Experiment).

This will be launched to the surface of Mars in 2020 (on NASA’s Mars2020 mission) and will produce oxygen from in-situ Martian resources for the first time. This is a preparatory test for an eventual human-scale system that will support human exploration of Mars.

The talk is sponsored by the Institute of Physics via the Leicester Physics Centre and is open to everyone.

Professor Hoffman has taken part in five missions to space on Shuttles Discovery, Columbia (twice), Atlantis and Endeavour. On the latter, the Hubble Space Telescope was captured, serviced and restored to its originally planned capabilities during a record five space walks by four astronauts.

The lecture takes place on Tuesday 11 November, Bennett Lecture Theatre 1 at 6:30pm. It is a free event but people need to sign up for it in advance via the web site.

A video interview with Jeff during a visit to the University of Leicester in 2009 is available below:

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