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FEBRUARY 23, 2018 - General Membership Meeting at 8:00 PM
will be at this location:

New Franklin City Hall   Our New Meeting Location !!!
5611 Manchester Road
Akron, OH 44319

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Please note that we ALWAYS encourage the public to attend ANY of our events, including meetings.
Come and enjoy the lecture and talk to us about astronomy!

8:00 PM - Call to order and introduction of tonight's program:


Tom Benson, Retired Aerospace Engineer, NASA Glenn Research Center


“Project Gemini – 51 Years and Counting”


In May, 1961, President Kennedy set the United States on a path to “landing a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth.” At that time, America’s total manned space experience was the 20 minute suborbital flight of Alan Shepard. To get to the Moon, Americans would have to learn how to a) live in space for more than a week, b) maneuver, rendezvous and dock two spacecraft in lunar orbit, c) develop the hardware and the expertise to exit the spacecraft and conduct spacewalks, and d) train a team of engineers and scientists who could execute the missions. These were the objectives of Project Gemini, which was conducted by NASA from 1964 to 1966. Tom Benson, recently retired from NASA, will describe the highlights of the Gemini program.
For a PDF of this information, please click here....
Click Tom's image for a wealth of bio information


Tom Benson is a retired aerospace engineer from the NASA Glenn Research Center. He earned bachelor and masters degrees in aerospace engineering from Ohio State University in 1971. He spent four years in the U.S. Air Force at Wright Patterson AFB doing supersonic wind tunnel testing and installed engine performance calculations for the F-5E, YF-16, YF-17, and B1-A...
Much more bio information for Tom Benson is available here...

9:00 PM - Brief coffee-break / discussion time
9:15 PM - Business meeting to be called to order and will include the following:

Meeting Agenda in a Microsoft WORD file


Meeting Agenda in a PDF file

  ●  Treasurer's Report
  ●  Observatory Director's Report
  ●  Calls for observations
  ●  New Business
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