The Diurnals

Contributed by Pat Larkin

The DIURNALS is a friendly group which meets during the daytime on the third Tuesday of the month February-December.


To provide an opportunity for meetings during the DAYTIME.

To disseminate knowledge on various facets of astronomy and related fields, together with Space Exploration, in an informal environment.

To foster enjoyment of the subject matter with kindred spirits, and to encourage newer members who may show an interest in a particular area.

There are no pre-requisites and you don't have to be a mathematics or physics genius! Just come with a desire to learn.  Most months, we have a guest speaker, and talks given cover a wide range of astronomical fields and space exploration. Occasionally, a film is shown followed by discussion if desired.   Two or three times a year, we will have an excursion to another facility, e.g., Swinburne University, Melbourne Planetarium or a Science facility. 




TIME:                      10.30 a.m.   - 12.15 p.m.

VENUE:                  ASV LODGE, BURWOOD

 PRESENTER:       Dianne McGrath - Mars One Candidate

 TOPIC:                   "(Potential) Life on Mars - A Personal Perspective"

Dianne will cover aspects of training with regard to engineering, medical, food production - and the need for resilience - for what will be a one-way trip to Mars hopefully in 2032.  She is currently on  the short list of 100 candidates from 200,000 applicants.  Diane will speak on her acceptance of the trip being one way and of how she would adapt to this fact.  As well as psychological apsects of such a trip - and one of these is the fact that the first mission would send four astronauts only then subsequent groups from the 26 chosen - emphasis will also be on the physical challenges, of muscle tone, effect of radiation, etc.

Come along to experience something from a prospective Martian!


Members might like to bring along a cut lunch and stay following the presentation.  This is always a good chance to speak further with our speaker and enjoy being with kindred spirits.

For enquiries:   Phone Pat  Larkin    0400 457 342