HAL5 special talk on "Pluto, New Horizons Pluto-Palooza" with Jim Plaxco, President of the Chicago Society for Space Studies (NSS Chapter) and NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador. The event will take place at August 27, 7 pm at the Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS) observatory on top of Monte Sano State Park. Direction to the observatory can be found at VBAS' website here. The event is free and open to the public.

Description: The presentation provides background on Pluto and its discovery as well as the IAU's 2006 decision to demote Pluto to dwarf planet status. The highlight of the presentation is an examination of the early science results of the New Horizon mission which, though making its flyby through the Plutonian system on July 14, will be returning data from that encounter until September 2016.

Bio: Jim Plaxco is President of the Chicago Society for Space Studies and serves as a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador. He has previously served as a Vice President of the National Space Society, as a Vice President of of the Planetary Studies Foundation, and as a member of the Board of Directors for the Harper College Center for Meteorite and Planetary Studies. He has also served as a judge in a number of space art contests, including contests sponsored by NASA and by the International Academy of Astronautics.



HAL5 monthly program on "How far would you go to colonize the stars?" with Mr. Nick Wyckoff. The event will take place on Thursday, September 3 at 7 pm at the Huntsville - Madison County Main Public Library's Auditorium.

Engineer/Author, Nick Wyckoff will discuss his book series "The Kalisun Initiative", a near future science fiction novel about man's first attempt at interstellar travel. Listen as author Nick Wyckoff discusses the reasons why he wrote the books and the themes associated with what it takes to push technology to the very limit. This book series attempts to show a realistic approach to colonizing Saturn's moon Phoebe and the likely political consequences of a private corporation doing it without asking permission. There will be a question and answer session and book signing at the end.

The event is free and open to the public. A social will follow the program.