Past EventNational Museum of Nuclear Science & History – Monthly Lecture

November 13, 2011 –

“Making Connections: Lectures on the Lighter Side of Nuclear Science” (Public Event) The lectures focus on wide-ranging topics, from art to science in popular culture. The next lecture, at 2 pm on Sunday, Nov.13, 2011, will be given by Ted Spitzmiller. His presentation will chronicle the development of the Shuttle—considered the most complex machine devised by man—and the reasons it failed to achieve its primary goals. It reviews the two tragic failures that crippled the program and concludes with the prospects for the future of human space flight.

Spitzmiller attended the Army’s Ordnance Guided Missile School in Huntsville, Alabama and nuclear weapons training at Sandia Base in New Mexico, where he taught in the Atomic Weapons Training Group. He has worked for IBM, Intel, and the Los Alamos National Laboratory from which he retired in 2001. He is an aerospace historian, pilot, and flight instructor. He has logged over 4,500 hours in more than 60 different types of aircraft. His articles have appeared in all major aviation magazines and he has published five books. As a member of the National Space Society, he is a regular contributor to their book reviews.