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Calendar: “Fixing What's Broke:A History of Manned Servicing in Space”

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“Fixing What's Broke:A History of Manned Servicing in Space” 


Bethpage Public Library 

Start Time

2/20/2014 6:00 PM 

End Time

2/20/2014 8:30 PM 


Presenter: Robert Zimmerman,
Science Journalist, Historian, Author and AIAA Distinguished Lecturer
RSVP BY February 19, 2014
to: David Paris at
Time: 6:00 PM Social Time
6:30 PM Pizza
7:00 PM Presentation
Cost for Pizza: $5, Members and Guests
Free, for Students
The history of human servicing in space is long and complex. Sometimes the repairs were carefully worked out
far in advance, then executed with astonishing precision and success. More often, the equipment failures arrived
unexpectedly, requiring fixes that had to be improvised quickly and off the cuff. In either case, the ability of
humans to improvise and adapt was essential to the success of each repair. Mr. Zimmerman will review various
servicing achievements of the American space program - from its early triumph on Skylab to its designed repairs
on both Solar Max and the Hubble Space Telescope. He will also describe the far less well known repair efforts of
the Russians on their early Salyut space stations and on Mir. In every case, a basic pattern essential to the future
of all space exploration is evident: things break. Make sure you build them so they can be easily fixed.

Robert Zimmerman is an award-winning science journalist and historian. He has written four books and more
than a hundred articles for Science, Astronomy, Air & Space, Natural History, Sky & Telescope, The Wall Street
Journal, USA Today, Invention & Technology, and a host of other publications. He is also a cave explorer and
cartographer, and this activity that has given him the fortunate opportunity to actually "go where no one has gone
 A new edition of Mr. Zimmerman's first book, Genesis, The Story of Apollo 8, has just been released as
an ebook. It describes the family and political tale behind the first manned mission to another world. In The
Universe in A Mirror: The Saga of The Hubble Space Telescope and the Visionaries Who Built It, he tells the
story of the people who conceived, built, and saved the Hubble Space Telescope. Leaving Earth: Space Stations,
Rival Superpowers, and The Quest For Interplanetary Travel was awarded the American Astronautical Society's
Eugene M. Emme Astronautical Literature Award as the best space history for the general public in 2003. The
Chronological Encyclopedia of Discoveries in Space is a detailed reference book describing what was
accomplished on every space mission, from Sputnik in October 1957 to December 1999. Mr. Zimmerman also
posts daily commentary about space, science, politics, and culture on his website, behind the Black

Directions: The library is west of Route 135 in Bethpage. Take Route 135 to Exit 8, then West on Powell Ave. for
about 0.25 miles. The library is on the south side of the street. Park across Powell Ave., opposite the library.


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