Lecture for Friends of the RAS: The Future of Space Travel

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The Future of Space Travel

David Mannion


In a period of less than 60 years, Man has explored most of our Solar System with Voyager Probes 1 and 2 travelling more than a 100 times the mean distance from the Earth to the Sun. Will we reach the stars and what are the likely developments of Space Travel by the end of the 21st Century? When will we have bases on the Moon or Mars? Will Man ever reach the stars or other galaxies?


Dr David Mannion has three degrees in Astronomy and has taught in Schools and Colleges for 26 years in the UK, Austria and Turkey. He has also been a tutor for the Open University in both Physics and Astronomy.

Dr Mannion became a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1984 and was a member of its Education Committee 2005 - 2010.

He has run numerous Astronomy Clubs and was a founder member and a Vice President of the Association for Astronomy Education. He co-authored a book on Galileo called Galileo and 400 Years of telescopic Astronomy published by Springer in 2010.

His other burning interest is weightlifting having once been a British Student Weightlifting and Powerlifting Champion in 1984. He is currently a National Referee for British Weightlifting and became a Masters Champion in the 94 kg class in 2007, 2010 and again in 2012. He wishes to keep lifting weights and watching the stars for as long as possible!

See http://worldofastronomy.org.uk for more details.


The talk will be followed by a wine reception in the Library.