The Scientific Case for Human Spaceflight
PPARC Advanced Fellow
7.30 p.m. Friday 3 November 2000
The Navan Centre
Many scientists are currently highly sceptical about the value of sending
people into space. In this lecture I shall argue that this scepticism is
misplaced, and that development of a significant human spaceflight
capability will offer very considerable scientific advantages. I will
develop the argument using historical examples, especially from the Apollo
Project, and then outline the scientific case for the International Space
Station, renewed human exploration of the Moon, future human exploration
of Mars, and longer term possibilities. Finally, in addition to the
scientific arguments, I shall briefly argue that a major human
spaceflight programme will offer significant social, economic and
political advantages for Planet Earth.
The Robinson Lecture is held in memory of
Archbishop Richard Robinson.
Founder of Armagh Observatory.
Chairman: The Right Honourable and Most Reverend
The Lord Eames of Armagh
Tickets for the lecture are free on application to:
Armagh BT61 9DG,
Parking available close by.
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