Science & Technology
This group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 2pm in the Leadon Bank Meeting Room
In October our intrepid explorers blasted off for a visit to the National Space Centre, Leicester. Docking at the main entrance we were greeted by an impressive Soviet-era Soyuz spacecraft and an American Mercury capsule (slightly modified with landing wheels!). The centre features a number of areas, each with their specific interest including Into Space, which charts the space-race; Exploring the Universe showing the cosmos in graphic detail; The Planets with amazing close-up photographs taken by the Voyager spacecraft; Orbiting Earth with details of satellite-gathered ground and atmospheric observations; Space Oddities, giving lesser-known factoids, and more.
But of special interest were the Rocket Tower containing a full-size Thor ICBM and a British Blue Streak missile and, many, many stairs with space and missile related artefacts displayed on several levels. Right at the top was a mock-up of an Apollo moon lander and other moon-related objects including a piece of moon rock and stunning photographs. The other very interesting activity was in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium, where we sank into our chairs to observe the earth, then a fly through the planets and finally a high-speed visit to the very edge of the visible universe courtesy of the Hubble Space Telescope.
After some 4 hours of near weightlessness, we undocked and rocketed home to tranquillity base, all agreeing that it was a very good visit, awarding it 5 stars!
For our November meeting we had a presentation by a local electric car enthusiasts Group entitled Four Years with a Leaf. For those not familiar, Leaf is an all electric car manufactured by Nissan. The superb illustrated talk gave plenty of information and essential details on owning and running an electric vehicle, which prompted plenty of discussion within our Group. The finale was an opportunity to inspect and ride in one of their cars. We had a wonderful afternoon, and thanks to all involved.
We have a full programme of events with presentations by Group Members on topics as "The Florida Bridge collapse" and a guest speaker on Crystals - Natural and Engineered.
We have space for a limited number of new members so do come along and find out what's on offer.