Once Explorers; Always Explorers – Europe’s role in space exploration

Date: 10 November 2017
Start Time: 6.30 pm
End Time: 8 pm

Venue: University of Bristol, Wills Memorial Building, Queens Road, Bristol, BS8 1TH

3rd Colin Pillinger Memorial Talk

As astronauts prepare to follow robots into deep space for the first time in nearly fifty years, now, more than ever, international cooperation underpins this great human journey of discovery. Reaching back to the days of Apollo for inspiration and looking forward to the voyages of discovery now being planned, Dr David Parker offers a personal and engaging insight into what we are doing and where we are going in Europe’s exploration of space.

Biography – Dr. David Parker
Dr-David-ParkerDavid Parker’s nearly thirty-year personal space odyssey has involved leading roles in both industry and government. He worked on pioneering missions such as the Rosetta comet chaser and advised a succession of ministers on space policy choices, including the UK’s decision to join the International Space Station in 2012, which in turn enabled Tim Peake’s hugely successful ‘Principia’ mission. Until 2016, David was Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, but he now masterminds the European Space Agency’s role in the exploration of space as its Director of Human and Robotic Exploration.

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