Blazing New Frontiers
A lecture on space.
On Tuesday, November 9, the Birmingham Public Library’s “Alabama Bound Presents” series hosts Pat Duggins, a veteran journalist who has covered more than 100 space shuttle missions for National Public Radio. Duggins, who in the past year was named news director at Alabama Public Radio, is an engaging speaker who will enthrall anyone remotely fascinated by outer space. In his latest book, Trailblazing Mars: NASA’s Next Giant Leap, he examines the financial and technological challenges surrounding notions of flying people to Mars. His first book was Final Countdown: NASA and the End of the Space Shuttle Program. Duggins’ inaugural space-related assignment for NPR was the Challenger explosion in 1986. In a September, 2010, interview with Brevard Community College’s Space and Astronomy Lecture series, Duggins addressed the future of America’s space exploration: “The biggest growing pains for NASA in terms of going on to Mars is going to come along with President Obama’s idea of using commercial space capsules in order to take people to the space station.” His criticism focuses on the private sector’s current rush to compete for manned space missions, whereas NASA is accustomed to testing repeatedly to ensure astronaut safety. For those smitten with space exploration, Duggins’ lecture is not to be missed. His appearance takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Library’s Arrington Auditorium in the Linn Henley Building at 2100 Park Place. Details: www.bplonline.org or call 226-3742.