Former NASA astronaut to lecture on ‘The end of the shuttle program and the future of human space flight’

Posted by pt91 at Nov 23, 2011 12:25 PM |
First astronaut to log 1,000 hours on the Space Shuttle to speak at the University of Leicester on 13 December
Former NASA astronaut to lecture on ‘The end of the shuttle program and the future of human space flight’

Professor Jeff Hoffman, former NASA astronaut.

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 23 November 2011

A former NASA astronaut will be delivering the public Christmas Science Lecture at the University of Leicester on Tuesday 13 December.

Honorary graduate and Visiting Professor at the University’s Department of Physics and Astronomy, Jeff Hoffman, will be addressing the public on ‘The end of the shuttle program and the future of human space flight’ in the Rattray Lecture Theatre at 6.30pm.

The space shuttle fleet began with its first launch on the 12th April, 1981 and continued to set high marks of achievement and endurance through 30 years of missions. The program ended on the 21st July, 2011 when Atlantis rolled to a stop at its home port, NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Where does the future of human space flight now lie?

Professor Hoffman took part in five flights as a Space Shuttle astronaut, logging 1,211 hours and 21.5 million miles in space. Most notably, he was a member of the team on the first rescue mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope which provided us with many of the fundamental details we know about the universe.

He was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2007 and is now a Professor in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT. Since 2008, Professor Hoffman has also been a Visiting Professor of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester.

During his lecture, Professor Hoffman will be talking about the end of the shuttle program and the future of human space flight, with emphasis on the commercial developments taking place now.

Outreach Officer for the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Dr Tracey Dickens, commented:

“We are pleased to have NASA astronaut Jeff Hoffman presenting his public lecture. He is a very popular speaker and his last talk at the University was very well attended. Jeff will be addressing a subject which is always of interest to the public and stimulates the imagination, namely the future of humans in space. We expect that his talk will appeal to people of all ages.”

‘The end of the shuttle program and the future of human space flight’ is taking place on Tuesday 13 December at 6.30pm in the Rattray Lecture Theatre, University of Leicester campus. This is a public event and there are still spaces available. To book a seat for the lecture, please contact Sue Howell at skh14@le.ac.uk or telephone 0116 252 3497.

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For more information about the lecture, please contact Dr Tracey Dickens on 0116 252 5635 or tp57@le.ac.uk.

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