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 Jewel in the Sky
Saturday, March 22 (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.
- From Kitty Hawk to the Sea of Tranquility
Saturday, April 5 (7:30pm - 8:15pm)
A giant leap for mankind taken by Neil Armstrong began as a small step taken by Orville Wright from the dunes of Kitty Hawk, South Carolina. On December 17, 1903 the Wright Brothers made history with the first powered flight to carry a human pilot. This great feat lasted only twelve seconds! Since that day flying machines have advanced significantly. The idea of flying machines predates Da Vinci and we are still making innovative strides. This week, join Faride as we explore the next phases in aerospace travel.
- 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.