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The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
Showcasing Scotland's Science, Technology and Innovation

8th Meeting of the 187th Session (2007-2008)

Runaway Rockets and other space exploration disasters

Dr John Davies
UK Astronomy Technology Centre
Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

In the Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
On Monday 5th May 2008, at 7pm

A look back at failures over 50 years of rocketry and space travel. We will see how chance, engineering error and unforeseen circumstances can turn success into failure in the blink of an eye and learn how human ingenuity has sometimes snatched missions, and astronauts, back from the brink of disaster. Featuring runaway rockets, crippled satellites, abandoned space stations, the curse of Mars and the background to some of the occasional fatal accidents.

John Davies is an astronomer and aerospace engineer at the UK Astronomy Technology Centre, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

Location of meeting

Society Business

The President, Professor Anthony Busuttil, will be in the Chair

Members of the Public are welcome to attend

Jane Ridder-Patrick, Secretary
Telephone: 0131 556 2161

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