Guest Speaker: Astronaut Tom Jones Topic: Science of Planetology
Dr. Thomas D. Jones is a scientist, author, pilot, and former NASA astronaut. He holds a doctorate in planetary sciences from the University of Arizona, and in more than eleven years with NASA, flew on four space shuttle missions to Earth orbit. On his last flight, Dr. Jones led three spacewalks to install the centerpiece of the International Space Station, the American Destiny laboratory. He has spent fifty-three days working and living in space.
Meetings begin promptly at 7pm. General membership meetings are open to the public, and are held at (room change) Research Hall, room 163 on the campus of George Mason University (directions) in Fairfax, Virginia. Paid parking is available in the Shenandoah Parking Deck (formerly Sandy Creek Parking Deck), which is behind the building. Please enter at the back side of the building which is in front of the round-about in front of the parking garage. The parking lot is on Sandy Creek Way off of Patriot Circle.
Meetings start at 7:00 PM, on the second Sunday of every month. If you come earlier you can do a little socializing. The first part of the meeting is club business, during which the officers make reports about their activities and areas of responsibility. The next part of the meeting usually includes:
- Show and Tell, where members share gadgets, books, techniques, etc.
- The Observing Report, describing the astronomical events for the next month.
- Q&A, where beginning astronomers are encouraged to ask questions to be answered by more experienced members.
- The Sky Tour, describing what's where in the sky for the next month.
The final part of the meeting is a program, usually by one of the members, but sometimes by "outside experts". We've had presenters from all aspects of Astronomy.
There's a good deal of socializing before and after meetings, allowing members to put faces with the voices they've heard in the dark.