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What has the space program ever done for us
What has the space program ever done for us

Thu, 23 Mar


Mycenae House

What has the space program ever done for us

by Mary McIntyre A lot is spent on space exploration and some people believe that it is a waste of money. However, there are so many everyday things that we take for granted that wouldn’t exist if it hadn't been for the Space Programme. This talk takes a deep dive into this subject.

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23 Mar 2023, 19:00 – 21:00

Mycenae House, 90 Mycenae Rd, London SE3 7SE, UK

About the Event

Looking in detail at direct benefits thanks to satellites, space technologies etc., but also takes a look at some of the less well known spin-offs.


Mary is an amateur astronomer and astronomy communicator based in Oxfordshire. Born and raised in Lancashire, Mary had her head in astronomy books before she could even read and got her first telescope when she was just 11 years old. That passion was reignited when she had the chance to study for the Astronomy GCSE exam in 2011, and she then went on to study the Certificate in Astronomy and Planetary Science at the Open University.  Mary is a keen astrophotographer and a move to the dark skies of rural Oxfordshire with her astronomer husband has helped to fuel this passion.

She has had her images appear in astronomy magazines, books, local newspapers and on various tv shows. She also loves astronomy sketching and art because it makes her feel better “connected” with the object she is drawing. She has written many articles for Sky at Night magazine and several for the Yearbook of Astronomy. She is a member of the British Astronomical Association, the Society for Popular Astronomy and Society for the History of Astronomy. She is co-host on the Astronomy FM radio show “Comet Watch” and a member of the AstroRadio team.

Mary is passionate about outreach and loves giving talks, running astrophotography and astronomy sketching workshops. She was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2018. Mary and Mark are part of the UK Meteor Network and currently have five meteor cameras installed.  When she isn’t doing astronomy, she enjoys other types of painting and photography and also plays bass guitar.

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