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Reflections on Human Space Flight (Why Single-planet Species Don't Survive)

Speaker: Jim Newman

This presentation starts with personal reminiscences about the first assembly mission for the International Space Station and the fourth repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Following a brief review of a couple of Hubble's accomplishments and a short digression on the topic of the definition of intelligence, the presentation turns to the perspective needed to ensure long-term species survival.

James H Newman is Chair and Professor in the Space Systems Academic Group (SSAG)

Since October 2016, he has been serving as the Chair and Professor of the SSAG after finishing up almost a year as the NPS Acting Provost. Prior to that he was Professor in the SSAG, after transferring from NASA to the Department of the Navy in July 2008. From March 2006 until July 2008 he was a NASA Visiting Professor detailed to NPS from NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC). From 1985 until 2006, he worked at NASA JSC, first as an instructor, then since 1990 as an Astronaut serving on four space shuttle missions, STS-51, 69, 88, and 109. From 2003 to 2006, he served in Moscow as the Director, NASA's Human Spaceflight Program, Russia. 

His teaching and research interests include the use of CubeSats and other very small satellites for focused research of National interest. These interests include space computing, distributed ground stations, unique sensors, and the use of hands-on, laboratory projects to motivate the research and learning process. Academic productivity includes numerous technical publications, presentations, and two patents, authored with students and colleagues. Among others, his awards include the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service (2016), the AIAA Haley Space Flight Award (2014), Rice University Distinguished Alumni Award (2007), and NASA's Space Flight Awards (STS-51, 69, 88, 109). 

Dr. Newman is a member of the American Physical Society, Sigma Xi, and an Associate Fellow of the American Institute of Astronautics and Aeronautics. He received the B.A. Degree from Dartmouth College in 1978 and the M.A. and PhD in Physics from Rice University in 1982 and 1984, respectively.

Friday, 04/19/19


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