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

Objectives

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.                                       

           

NEXT MEETING:      Tuesday 25th February 2020.     (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF DATE - FROM THE USUAL 3RD TUESDAY.)

                                                                                            (This is due to the commitments of our Speaker)

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

VENUE:                      THE LODGE, BURWOOD

 

TOPIC:                "ON EARTH AS IT IS ON MARS"

PRESENTER:    DIANNE McGRATH    -   'MARS ONE'   SHORT LISTED CANDIDATE

Dianne will present on her recent stay in the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) in Utah, USA  - a simulated Mars analog habitat in which crews carry out earth-based research. Crews of people live in a confined spacecraft-like environment and conduct scientific research.  They perform extra-vehicular (space walk) activities in mock spacesuits, plan and then work with support from scientists and engineers on Earth - just like Martian explorers will some day.

This habitat is to put one in a frame of mind - or headspace - as well as  providing the experience of a vacuum simulation of Mars.  Of particular interest is the psychological effects on crews.

Dianne who has an interest and growing expertise in sustainable systems, last presented to Diurnals in 2017  with   ("Potential Life on Mars -  A Personal Perspective).

 

Attendees may like to bring along a cut lunch and talk further with our Presenter.  This is always a nice opportunity to share time amongst kindred spirits.

 

      DON'T FORGET  -      THIS MEETING IS A ONE-OFF CHANGE TO THE FOURTH TUESDAY OF THE MONTH  - 25TH FEBRUARY.

                                                 (DIURNALS  WILL RESUME TO THE NORMAL 3RD TUESDAY IN MARCH AND SUBSQUENT MONTHS.)

 

 

                                     For enquiries:  Phone Pat Larkin on 0400 457 342 or      email:   diurnals@asv.org.au