Wednesday 17th April marks the date of the 45th Annual General Meeting of the Association. The purposes of the meeting are to review the activities of the past year, elect a new Council for the coming year and for the Council to receive feedback from the membership on how they - that's you - would like to see the Association develop.
This year there will be two additional features to add to the formal business.
Over the past few decades, our knowledge of how to handle the threat posed by Near-Earth Objects has increased enormously. Astronomers surveying the sky find over 150 new NEOs per month. We understand the gross characteristics of that population; how many there are, what they are made of, their overall structure and how their orbits change. Now the final stage of threat assessment is under way. In three years time, humanity will test whether it can move a small asteroid for the first time.
We held a very successful Members' Night on 20th March, starting off with IAA President Brian Beesley doing the Admin, the Intro and a great talk about Kenneth Edgeworth
Past President and Webmaster Paul Evans talks about Apollos 9 and 10
Past President Paul Evans gives us a guide to the Night Sky
Following on from his recent Lectures on Apollo, including the Apollo 8 50th Anniversary Lecture in December 2018, IAA Past President Paul Evans was recently interviewed for the Behind the Science programme on NvTv, Belfast's Community TV station. The interview covers the history of Apollo leading up to the Moon landings in the late 1960s and early '70s, together with a look at what's happening now and where we might go next.