The Ohlone College Science and Math Seminar Series program features distinguished speakers who address interesting topics related to science, mathematics, or technology.
Sponsored by ASOC and Ohlone's Science, Engineering, and Mathematics Division. The seminars are free and open to the public.
- NASA's Space Shuttle—Best Spacecraft Ever
by Dr. Eric Wegryn
- Friday, October 17, 2014, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
- Room 3201, Building 3, second floor, Fremont campus
- Over the 30 years from 1981 to 2011, NASA's five Space Shuttles flew 135 missions. Most were highly successful. Two became national tragedies. The Shuttles carried hundreds of astronauts into space, scores of satellites and planetary probes, and most of the components for the International Space Station. Shuttle astronauts also repaired and upgraded some satellites—most famously the Hubble Space Telescope—and even returned several to Earth. Although the Shuttles were retired more than 3 years ago, no other spacecraft, of any country, can match their accomplishments. They remain the most versatile and capable spacecraft ever built. They were also, by far, the most expensive. In other words, they're truly American.
- Dr. Erıc Wegryn is an aerospace engineer who helped NASA launch their Space Shuttles, and an astronomer who helped explore Mars and Saturn. He enjoys traveling, and has written several books about his journeys, including Round the World in 32 Days, Eclipse Journey, and Just Twelve Men. Dr. Wegryn teaches astronomy, physics, and engineering at Ohlone College. He is faculty advisor for the Ohlone Astrophysics Club.