West Midlands Branch Talks (November 2017)

Date: 18 November 2017

Start Time: 1.45 pm
End Time: 4.30 pm

Venue: The Gardeners Arms, Vines Lane, Droitwich, WR9 8LU

Gerry Webb – The Fermi Paradox
The Fermi Paradox is a conundrum. There is a stark contradiction between the lack of evidence for extra-terrestrial civilisations and the high probability estimates of their existence. The potential solutions to the Fermi Paradox are profound and even chilling.

Gerry Webb, General Director of Commercial Space Technologies, will take us through the predictions, the reality, and the possible conclusions of this mystery!

Mark Yates – Apollo Programme Artifacts
There can be little doubt that the live television broadcasts, 16mm silent movies and the Hasselblad still photographs brought back from the moon are one of the most memorable and important human legacies of the twentieth century. To those of us born during or after the Apollo programme – these videos and photographs have been the only means of directly identifying with this great achievement.

This lecture will introduce a number of Apollo era artefacts a couple of which have made the 240,000 mile journey to the moon and back again. This lecture will feature these flown items complete with photographs and supporting audio of their use, to show that some 40 years later they still have a fascinating story to tell.

Mark Yates is a Physicist working for twenty years in the in the Offshore sector of the Oil and Gas Industry working in the field of Process Safety Management – the management of high consequence – low probability events.

Since the age of six he has had a passion for space research and exploration, with a particular emphasis on the Apollo Moon Landings of the late 60’s and early 70’s. Born after the famous mission of Apollo 11 – it was only by reference to books and television programmes that he was able to retrospectively learn about and identify with these great achievements. That has changed recently due to a small collection of Apollo era artefacts, a couple of which have made the 240,000 mile journey to the moon and back again.

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