From the Program Chair

by Ken Levy, Program Chair

Prof.  Freeman Dyson

Prof. Freeman Dyson discussing ways to find alien life with an auditorium full of eager listeners. Photo Credit: Ken Levy

Many thanks to Prof. Freeman Dyson whose October lecture packed Peyton Hall. Professor Dyson led a spirited discussion on the search for life within our solar system and beyond.

For those who missed the event or would like to experience it again, the complete lecture is available for MP3 download by clicking this link: Assuming we have the speaker’s permission, MP3’s and photos of this season’s lectures will be available for download (except September’s lecture by Jill Knapp). We’ll be posting the links to all lecture audio on the AAAP website soon.

Prof. Freeman Dyson

Prof. Freeman Dyson in an animated conversation with the audience. Photo Credit: Ken Levy

On Tuesday, November 8, 2011, AAAP’s own Dr. Ken Kremer will present “Atlantis, The End of America’s Shuttle Program and What’s Beyond for NASA”

NASA is at the crossroads. So much is happening with the shutdown of America’s shuttle program, completion of the International Space Station and the ever changing future objectives of our space program. Dr. Kremer who contributes to Universe Today and Spaceflight magazines, will present an inside point of view on the thrilling final shuttle missions to the ISS and what’s ahead for NASA in the post-shuttle era. He will share his eyewitness perspective on human spaceflight and exclusive photos of Shuttle launch operations, the next generation Orion spacecraft and the commercial SpaceX vehicles.

STS 131 Ken Kremer and Discovery

Dr. Ken Kremer with Discovery in the background. Photo Credit: Dr. Ken Kremer

Dr. Kremer is a freelance science journalist, speaker, scientist and photographer whose articles, space exploration images and Mars mosaics have been widely published in magazines, books and websites including NASA, Astronomy Picture of the Day, ABC News & NBC News, Astronomy, Space-flight Now, Astronomy Now, New Scientist, Planetary Society, NASA Watch, Scientific American, Space Quarterly, Universe Today and the covers of Aviation Week & Space Technology, Spaceflight and the Explorers Club magazines.

There will be a “Meet the Speaker” dinner at 6:00 pm before the meeting. To insure a place at the table, please email me at by Friday, Nov. 4th for a reservation. I’ll respond with the restaurant location, which has yet to be determined.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

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