Saturday Night Space Talks
Let's chat about space!
Have you ever had a conversation with a really knowledgeable friend who has a way of sharing complex, high-level information? Faride Khalaf is just that guy. Get your fix of recent advancements and factoids from history in space and science in these informal conversations.
Faride Khalaf began his aviation career as a skydiver in 1980's and went on to earn his Airframe and Power plant licenses (A&P) from the College of Alameda in California. Faride is an FAA Certified Aircraft Inspector, was an Aircraft Mechanic Instructor at the late Sierra Academy in Oakland, and was a General Aircraft Mechanic at United Airlines for a decade. While at United, Faride spent two years teaching structural repairs and for two years was a Fuel Systems Specialist. He is the sole owner of a 1947 Cessna 120 airplane and is an amateur astronomer who works with Chabot's astronomy program as a volunteer. His presentations are in high demand at Chabot and around the Bay Area.
- A Visit to Johnson Space Center
Saturday, April 26 (7:30pm - 8:15pm)
Thinking of visiting the Space Center on your next trip to Houston? Faride shares his latest adventure touring the Center. Join him to view photos and highlights of visited spaces including the Neutral Buoyancy Lab and Mission Control Centers for the Apollo program and the ISS. Hear tips what to expect and on how to get the most out of your visit. Not sure you’ll be visiting, then live vicariously through Faride as you join his journey.
- Apollo Dreams
Saturday, May 3 (7:30pm - 8:15pm)
One of the best dividends of a robust space program: the leftover ideas and hardware. Look back at some of these leftover concepts that have given birth to unexpected achievements. NASA's Apollo program was a great success. Because of Apollo's stellar achievements, its creators believed that the fruit of their efforts would take us beyond the Moon and become the fundamental vehicle for the decades beyond the Apollo 17 mission. Let's look into the spirit of human exploration and visit Apollo's dreams.
- Saturn V - The First 700 Seconds
Saturday, May 24 (7:30pm - 8:15pm)
Watching the launch of the Apollo missions, who can forget the countdown, ignition sequence, and images of furious gas at blastoff? What we saw - the extent of what was broadcast on the daily news - is a very small fraction of all that led to NASA's greatest achievements. Engage with us as we discuss the little known technical aspects of various missions, detailing from the preparation of the first mission to the last countdown. It's a dream worth revisiting!
- The Ultimate Camping Trip
Saturday, June 7 (7:30pm - 8:15pm)
There are two types of people in the world; those who seek adventures in the great outdoors and enjoy camping, and those who prefer to stay home in comfort and security while sleeping in their own beds. There is a third type. Capable and courageous, they venture beyond the simple life outdoors. The brave astronauts who work and train hard, seek opportunities to break their bonds with Earth and journey into the vastness of space. They do it all at great inconvenience, and at great risk. For the same reason some of us climb mountains, they embark on a quest for knowledge and perspective. They bring back tales of their travels and some answers to some of the most compelling questions raised by humanity ever since our ancestors gazed at the sky. Join me for a perspective on what it takes to embark on the Ultimate Camping Trip.
- A Jewel in the Sky
Saturday, June 21 (7:30pm - 8:15pm)
The International Space Station is the crowning achievement of many nations. It symbolizes a new beginning in the exploration of space; no longer do we compete as adversaries in our quest, instead, we explore beyond Earth as partners. Join Faride for a look into the history of Earth-orbiting space stations and the importance of the ISS, our jewel in the sky.
- To the Moon
Saturday, July 5 (7:30pm - 8:15pm)
From imagination to realization, NASA's Apollo program is packed with bold vision, engineering elegance and tales of courage and shear human toil. In this Café Conversation, we take a trip down memory lane and visit the Moon. Through colorful images, look back at the physics and challenges of landing astronauts on the lunar surface. How did we do it? In a play-by-play review, learn the necessary steps we took that put us on the Moon.
- Staying Alive - The Sokol Spacesuit
Saturday, July 19 (7:30pm - 8:15pm)
Learn the history of spacesuits from the earliest pressure suits worn by aviators in the 1930s to the more recent state of the art suits used for work on International Space Station. View an actual Russian Sokol Spacesuit, with a demonstration of its features and its use. Worn by all who fly on the Soyuz spacecraft, it is known as a rescue suit not suitable for spacewalks. Explore what makes this suit so special.