LVAAS - THE LEHIGH VALLEY AMATEUR ASTRONOMICAL SOCIETY: Promoting, Facilitating and Teaching Astronomy Since 1957

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Friday, October 31 2014 @ 11:29 AM EDT


November General Meeting Program


November 9 at 2 p.m. in the Grady Planetarium
South Mountain Headquarters

Dr. Terry Hart

In January 1978, Dr. Terry Hart was selected by NASA as one of thirty-five astronaut candidates, and after one year of training and evaluation, he was assigned as a Mission Control CAPCOM for the first three Space Shuttle launches. On April 6, 1984, he lifted off from the Kennedy Space Center in the Challenger on the eleventh flight of the Space Shuttle program, during which he was responsible for the first orbital rendezvous of the program, the Remote Manipulator System operation, and the filming of the IMAX feature, The Dream is Alive! The mission objectives of deploying the Long Duration Exposure Facility and repairing the Solar Maximum Mission Satellite were successfully accomplished and demonstrated new capabilities in manned space flight. Hart is currently teaching aerospace engineering and conducting research in spacecraft dynamics at his alma mater, Lehigh University. He is also an FAA Certified Flight Instructor and continues to fly general aviation airplanes from the Lehigh Valley International Airport.



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Founded in 1957, the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society (LVAAS) is one of the oldest continuously-operating amateur astronomy organizations in the U.S. The mission of LVAAS is to promote the study of Astronomy and to maintain a meeting space, observatories, and a planetarium.

LVAAS operates two astronomy sites: The South Mountain site in Salisbury Township is the headquarters of the Society. It has a planetarium with a Spitz A3P projector, a 21 foot dome, meeting space, the Red Shift store, library, workshop space, and three observatories. The Pulpit Rock site near Hamburg is LVAAS's members-only dark sky site. At 1600 feet above sea level, the site features five observatories and a pad for member's scopes.

Members who receive training on the scopes may obtain keys to the observatories. LVAAS also maintains a rental "fleet" of telescopes that members may rent at low cost. Members also receive access to The Observer, our online newsletter, as well as reduced subscription prices to Sky and Telescope and Astronomy Magazine. If you want to learn more about astronomy and LVAAS, please join us at our next public star party.

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