On Monday, August 20, 2012 FS will proudly host space scientist Jennifer Kalmanson. Her 7:00 PM presentation, “The Case for Space”, will address the end of the Space Shuttle program and the uncertain future for NASA. She will address the question, “What can freethinkers do to keep space exploration alive and well?”
Kalmanson has worked in the aerospace/defense industry since 1998. As a Senior Principal Engineer for Orbital Sciences Corporation, she worked on the Robotic Refueling Mission, successfully launched on Space Shuttle Mission STS-135 and placed on the International Space Station for refueling demonstrations in 2012. Her projects have included the Hubble Space Telescope’s 2009 repair mission, the LandSat Data Continuity Mission, the Dawn Interstellar Mission and the Space Technology 9 Solar Sail Mission.
In addition to her technology work, she is a Humanist Celebrant, the WASHline Editor at Washington Area Secular Humanists, and serves on the Boards of Directors of both the Institute for Humanist Studies and the American Humanist Association. Kalmanson is a widely sought speaker for both space science and Humanism.
This presentation will be held at the Free Library of Philadelphia (1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) in the Skyline Room located on the upper floor of the building. Use the elevator located at the right side in the back of the library foyer to enter the Skyline Room. There will be additional Freethought Society literature and information available to attendees.