Volume: 01, Issue: 18 12/03/2003 
Dr. Jack Bacon experiencing microgravity aboard on of NASA's KC-135 aircraft.
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Dr. Jack Bacon
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Other Articles in This Issue:
Stardust Pinpoints Where the Wild Thing Is
Dreaming of a Red Christmas
California 17-Year-Old Launches Attempt to be First Teenager in Space
NASA Successfully Tests Ion Engine
The Microbial Menace from Space
 

Chat Online about the Centennial of Flight with Dr. Jack Bacon

As the 100-year anniversary of the Wright Brothers’ historic flight approaches, you can learn more about the history of aviation by participating in a live online chat with Dr. Jack Bacon, a member of the management team overseeing the construction and operation of the International Space Station on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 from 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. The chat is sponsored by Space Explorers, Inc.

Dr. Bacon is an expert in spacecraft integration and aerospace systems architectures. He is an internationally-known motivational speaker, a distinguished lecturer (emeritus) of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and one of the most requested speakers in the country for topics concerning technology and the factors that shape human society.

Dr. Bacon is also an award-winning author. He published “My Grandfathers' Clock,” “My Stepdaughter's Watch,” and “The Parallel Bang.” Dr. Bacon received his BS degree from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1976, and his MS and Ph.D. degrees respectively in 1978 and 1984 from the University of Rochester.

His extensive career includes roles in the development of many cutting edge technologies, including controlled thermonuclear fusion, the development of the electronic office, factory automation, and the globalization of business. He pioneered the deployment of several artificial intelligence systems, learning his craft at the famed Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. He was the United States’ lead systems integrator of the Zarya-the jointly-built spacecraft that forms the central bridge and adapter between all US and Russian technologies on the Space Station. This landmark in technological history was built in Moscow by American and Russian engineers and launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in November 1998.

Among his numerous awards and honors, Dr. Bacon has been recognized with the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal, the Director’s Special Commendation, and the coveted Silver Snoopy award. This sterling silver lapel pin, created in Snoopy's likeness, was flown to the Mir on STS-74. He routinely advises numerous academic programs and institutions, and he is a champion of education throughout the world.

If your class will not be able to attend this live online chat on Dec. 10 but would like to contribute a question to be submitted to Dr. Jack Bacon, please send an e-mail with your question(s) to pao@space-explorers.com at least one day prior to the chat. Please include your name, school's name and school's address. We will try to answer as many questions as possible in the time allotted.

Go to http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/mercurious/index.asp?room=bacon to enter the chat on Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003 between 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.

Archived Chats can be found by linking to:
http://www.space-explorers.com/internal/communications/chats.html#archive

    
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