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UC Connect public lecture: The future of deep space exploration

Wednesday, September 04, 2019   Posted in: Signatory Notice Board By: Administrator With tags: Lectures, technology

Come and hear NASA Senior Engineer and UC Erskine Fellow Tim Atkins explain how - working with American and international partners - the Artemis Program will establish a sustainable human presence on the Moon.

Date: Thursday 3rd October 2019.
Time: 7 to 8pm.
Location: C-Block lecture theatres at the University of Canterbury's Ilam campus.

Register now to secure your place at this UC Connect public lecture (Eventbrite). Contact Events Coordinator Michayla Clements for more information (events[at]canterbury.ac.nz).

Artemis was the mythical twin sister of Apollo, and goddess of the Moon. Now she personifies our path to the Moon as the name of NASA’s Program to return astronauts to the lunar surface – including the first woman. When they land, they will be where no-one has gone before: the Moon’s South Pole.

The aim of the Artemis program is to uncover new scientific discoveries, demonstrate new technologies, and lay the foundation for a lunar economy. NASA’s further goals include exploration of Mars and other Deep Space destinations; Artemis is the first step in this new era of human exploration. With some of humanity’s most advanced technologies, future astronauts will stay longer on the surface of the Moon, explore more of the Moon than ever imagined, and build a sustainable presence.

Tim Atkins manages avionics requirements, testing, and analyses for key components of the Artemis Programs, at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center: the Space Launch System and Human Lander. He holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Central Florida, with decades of experience in software development, electronics integration, and rocket science. He and his wife have six children and five grandchildren (with #6 coming in January). He enjoys home-construction projects, helping low-income communities, hiking, and time with relatives all over the world.

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