“SPACE programmes are often viewed as an expensive luxury – even for developed nations – and are criticised for swallowing resources that might be better spent on social needs such as hospitals. However, in the 21st century, space is inextricably part of our lives. Exploration has revealed the incredible diversity of the Solar System and helped us understand the fragility of Earth and the risks to our continued survival.
Space has also become a platform for communications and other applications, without which we would now be unable to function.” These are the words of the next professional speaker in the bi-annual series of talks arranged by the Costa Blanca Astronomical society.
The society is honoured to welcome Professor Martin Barstow, who was president of the Royal Astronomical society from 2014 to 2016, following in the footsteps of some of the most illustrious contributors to Astronomy such as Dame Jocelyn Bell, Sir Fred Hoyle, Sir Bernard Lovell.
Barstow is currently a professor of Astrophysics and Space science at the University of Leicester. His special interest being the subject of White Dwarfs – the remnant of a star that has died – and space instrumentation.
Professor Barstow will discuss how space exploration has been the inspiration for a thriving global space industry, which delivers important economic returns to Europe and the UK and how he looks forward to exciting future exploration missions.
The talk will take place on Saturday September 23 at the Casa de Cultura in Denia, from 7.00pm – 9.00pm.
Entrance is free.
For more information, contact the society secretary – 671 152 686.