Friday, November 18, 2011
NASA's past, present, future topic of Nov. 30 lecture
Chris Gebhardt, a Kennedy Space Center correspondent and story editor for the online space-flight-related news service NASASpaceFlight, will present a lecture at Stetson University about NASA’s past, present and future on Wednesday, Nov. 30.
The talk, titled “After the Space Shuttle: Redefining NASA’s Position in the 21st Century,” will be at 7 p.m. and is free and open to the public. It will be held in the duPont-Ball Library, lower level, Room 25, accessed from the Nemec Courtyard on the north side of the library,134 E. Minnesota Ave., DeLand.
Gebhardt, who graduated from Stetson in 2010 with degrees in American studies and English, has been reporting and writing for NASASpaceFlight.com since 2008. He also works in the writing center at Daytona State College.
“I was born and raised inDaytona Beach, so the space program has always been a huge part of my life,” he said. “After I was born in 1987, I saw every shuttle launch – well over 100.”
Gebhardt’s reporting often centers on internal documentation provided by NASA on the engineering and other technical aspects of manned and unmanned space flight, as well as on documentation about NASA’s decision-making on whether to fly or not fly.
Now in its fifth year of operations, NASASpaceFlight.com is a leading online news resource for everyone interested in space-flight-related news, with editors currently in the leading space-faring nations. The online news site and forum is dedicated to expanding the public’s awareness and respect for the space-flight industry, ranging from NASA to Lockheed Martin, Boeing, United Space Alliance and the commercial space flight arena.
With a monthly readership of over 320,000 visitors and growing, the site has been referenced and linked by news outlets including MSNBC, CBS, The New York Times, Popular Science and others. Its forum is the most visited space-flight-specific forum in the world, and has the largest amount of NASA and space-industry professionals visiting its pages.