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.
- SLS, Our Next Ride
Saturday, December 21 (7:30pm - 8:15pm)
The future of space travel is percolating. For the first time in history, we are successfully launching privately designed and built large-scale space vehicles. There are many corporations and individuals contending to provide commercial space transportation for NASA to fly above the Earth’s atmosphere. NASA's Space Launch System (SLS) is the new protocol for the American Space Program. In this presentation you'll gain some insight into the future of space travel and understand how our traditional means of exploration are now history.
- Apollo Dreams
Saturday, January 4 (7:30pm - 8:15pm)
In the dawn of human space flight, many scientists and engineers dreamed of elaborate ways to embark on a journey into the darkness of outer space. To their credit, without that large pool of sensible or outlandish ideas, it would be unlikely to accomplish the milestones we have; they had to "think big!" We'll explore the "leftover" concepts as some of these seemingly ridiculous notions reemerge as viable options for the future of space travel.
- A Thousand Words
Saturday, January 18 (7:30pm - 8:15pm)
Photography and science make great partners. During his voyage with HMS Beagle, naturalist Charles Darwin could have made great use of photographic equipment especially a modern high resolution digital camera. In this presentation we will navigate a handful of photographs and reveal some of the many useful capabilities of digital photography as a powerful tool for science.