On the evening of the first Thursday of each month in downtown Toronto, we give you an hour with a young researcher, followed by planetarium shows and free observing through our telescopes.
Next Free Public Talk: 6 June
Is Space Exploration Beneficial to Humanity?
6 June 2013, 9:10pm
Room 102, McLennan Physical Laboratories Bldg.
60 St. George Street (north of College St.)
Plus, free planetarium shows and telescope observing sessions.
The ability to travel into space is fascinating and awe-inspiring. But, are there any practical advantages to space travel, besides the novel concept of being able to safely leave our planet? Do experiments done aboard the International Space Station, which has had over twelve years of active human occupation, help those of us still on Earth? What about exploration of other planets using probes and landers, can we learn anything that we can apply to our own planet? Finally is exploitation of Solar System bodies for financial purposes feasible? And why should you care? In this talk I will answer these questions, and discuss the many practical benefits of space exploration that go far beyond the novelty expressed by space enthusiasts.
Yevgeni Kissin completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in the Astronomy and Physics specialist program. He is currently in the third year of his PhD program, and is working on the outcomes of interactions between planets and the stars they are orbiting around. In his spare time he enjoys staying informed on current events happening around the world.
General Info about the Monthly Tours
This activity is run entirely by volunteers among the graduate students in the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. Check their webpage, or get the three-part run-down below.