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Engineering Department Hosts World Space Week Events Oct. 3-6

Participating in World Space Week, which celebrates at an international level “the contributions of space science and technology to the betterment of the human condition,” Lone Star College-CyFair’s Engineering Department will host several events Oct. 3 - Oct. 6.

TelescopeMark the calendar for a week of guest speakers, a space fair, NASA artifacts exhibition and more held in the Conference Center at 9191 Barker Cypress (unless otherwise noted.)

The week begins with Tim Hall, Chief of Extravehicular Activity (EVA) at NASA, who manages the team that trains astronauts for space walks and Mission Control Center flight controllers who lead astronauts in real-time space walks. Hall will share what’s going on now at NASA at 10 a.m. Monday following the 9:45 a.m. opening remarks.

Stop by the space fair featuring NASA artifacts on display 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday. Among the artifacts in the exhibition will be a Space Shuttle Orbiter/747 (1/50) scale model, vintage space suit, shuttle EVA glove, “The World from Space” and EVA photo collection, a space food tray and more.

Then return at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday to hear author, astronomer and member of the Austin Astronomical Society Darrell Jenkins, who will present “Stargazing Made Easy: An Astronomical Observing Event.” Jenkins also observes regularly with the North Houston Astronomy Club.

Space walkJoin the Learning, Inspiration, Friendship and Enrichment (L.I.F.E.) program “The Red Planet” with engineer Dr. Humbolt Mandell at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the library, room 131. Mandell, a 40-year NASA veteran who received NASA’s Exceptional Service medal twice, will reveal ancient beliefs regarding Mars and the history of the Mars Project at NASA.

Thursday’s events begin at 10 a.m. in the Center for the Arts building, room 102, with a “Solar Power in Space” presentation and demonstration. Afternoon events include a 2:30 p.m. Exercise in Space activity outside the Conference Center and a 3:30 p.m. Rocket Launch at the helipad outside the Emergency Services Education Center. 

For more information on these events, go to LoneStar.edu/cyfair-space-week.

Last year, World Space Week drew more than 1,800 events celebrated in 73 countries. This year’s theme is “Remote Sensing – Enabling Our Future.” For information, go to worldspaceweek.org.