The Scientific Case for Human Spaceflight


Dr Ian A. Crawford

PPARC Advanced Fellow

7.30 p.m. Friday 3 November 2000

The Navan Centre
Killylea Road

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 Observatory,
College Hill,
Armagh BT61 9DG,
Tel.: 028-3752-2928
FAX: 028-3752-7174

Parking available close by.

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