(Postponed) One Giant Leap for Mankind: 50 Years Later, What Comes Next?VIEW EVENT DETAILS
On July 16, 1969, Apollo 11 lifted off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida on a mission to the moon and into history. And, four days later, on July 20, astronaut Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon and spoke his now famous words: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” A preeminent expert in and passionate advocate for civil and international space exploration, NASA scientist John M. Horack joins us to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing in 1969. He will also assess the progress in space exploration since that time, while looking to the future, and highlight his vision for pursuing a robust worldwide collaboration in exploration of the cosmos.
John M. Horack holds the Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy at The Ohio State University, where he has a joint appointment as Professor in the College of Engineering’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and John Glenn College of Public Affairs. Prof. Horack has over 30 years of experience in scientific, technical, academic and research environments. He recently served a full term as one of 12 Vice Presidents of the International Astronautical Federation, and one of only two Americans responsible for the technical aspects of the Federation and evolution of the annual International Astronautical Congress. Prof. Horack provides significant consultation services to a number of commercial space start-up companies, heads of civil space agencies and economic development interests tied to spaceflight. He previously was Vice President for Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, achieved the level of senior executive service at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, and served as Vice President of Teledyne Brown Engineering’s Space Systems group. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Physics and Astronomy from Northwestern University, and Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.
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