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Silicon Valley Astronomy Lecture Series

Russell Schweikart on October 6, 2004

Andrew Fraknoi


Apollo 9 Astronaut Russell Schweickart will give a non-technical, illustrated talk on: "Asteroid Deflection: Hopes and Fears" in the Smithwick Theater, Foothill College, El Monte Road and Freeway 280, in Los Altos Hills, California

Free and open to the public. Parking on campus costs $2. Call the series hot-line at 650-949-7888 for more information.

Co-sponsored by:
* NASA Ames Research Center
* The Foothill College Astronomy Program
* The SETI Institute
* The Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Russell Schweickart, Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 9 and the first person to step outside a spacecraft without an umbilical cord, also served as Commissioner of Energy for the state of California. He was the founder and president of the Association of Space Explorers, the professional organization of astronauts and cosmonauts. Schweickart is currently Chairman of the Board of the B612 Foundation, dedicated to protecting the future of humanity by developing and demonstrating ways to deflect asteroids that are heading our way.
He will discuss what we know about the threat of cosmic rocks and the various ways that have been suggested for saving the Earth from large asteroid impacts, including both nuclear and non-nuclear alternatives.

Please come early as we expect a full house for this very special program.


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