Parsek 2014: Continuing to talk about space

    I believe that there is an inextricable link between the dreams of a particular person and the benefits that he brings to society. And as a result, those who are obsessed with science fiction have every chance to bring the future closer. For example, those who watched Star Trek in the 60s later worked at NASA, and those who are involved in robotics in a considerable part came to it thanks to Asimov.

    My associates and I wanted to contribute to this process. And therefore, at the weekend, within the framework of the international convention of science fiction lovers, Starkon will host the small but very rich Parsek 2014 conference for the second time.

    I invited excellent speakers (some of them from Habr) and was surprised how willingly they responded. Special thanks to the Federation of Cosmonautics.

    Below is a short list of profile reports:

    The beauty of space and space. Alexander Shaenko

    “Do you imagine the rising of the Earth? Immersion of the Sun in Jupiter? Ringing from the radiation of the space between the planets? The tamed power of fire, bringing a spark to the sky with people? Stars created by human hands? A robot in a ten-year-old dream of overcoming billions of kilometers in order to wake up at the target for several hours and then fall asleep forever? You can imagine all this and much more! Caution, the lecture provokes a craving for space exploration: _) ”

    I’ll add from myself that Alexander is one of those who created the first Russian private space satellite DX1, which was launched the day before yesterday.

    Business conquers space. Vitaly Egorov

    How millionaire fanatics create a future that has been delayed for 40 years. Zelenyikot

    green cat can finally be seen live.

    "Napkins and elephants" How life is in space. Emelyanova Elena

    What do you need to take with you on a long space flight from Earth? How to create comfortable living conditions in a space station? Psychological and physiological aspects of the life of astronauts in zero gravity - you can learn about this and much more from Elena Emelyanova.

    Photo on the surface of other planets. Semenov Oleg

    The evolution of the tasks and methods of space photography, the prospects for the development of space photography. Oleg Semenov, a specialist in the history of cosmonautics, will tell about shooting and cameras in space and on the surface of other planets, about how the difficulties of photographing in space were overcome, as well as the author of photo exhibitions on space photography.

    Mars One or Moon Seven? What makes sense in the next decade, fly to Mars or the moon? Alexander Khokhlov

    On December 14, 1972, members of the Apollo 17 expedition Harrison Schmitt and Eugene Cernan left the surface of the moon, the only natural satellite of our planet. It was the sixth and final landing of people on another celestial body. For many years, humanity has lost interest in such flights. And after 42 years there are no approved programs for the study and exploration of the moon by man. NASA is preparing to fly to Mars in the year 2030, Roscosmos plans automatic missions to the moon, which are not the first time shifted to the right. China, although it claims to be a future colony on the moon, has not yet presented its plan for landing a man on our satellite. But at this time, enthusiastic groups intensified, both in the United States and in Russia. One of the members of the Russian team "Moon seven",

    Alexander has three reports. He will also talk about errors in the movie Gravity and how to become an astronaut.

    The history of the construction of the ISS and the prospects for the existence of space stations. Emelyanov Andrey

    How was the international space station built? Which countries took part in its creation? What modules does it consist of and why are they needed? The future of the ISS and promising solutions of space stations. Honored Tester of space technology, member of the Russian Cosmonautics Federation Andrei Emelyanov will tell about the history and future of the ISS.

    The state of rocket modeling in our galaxy. Alexander Shlyadinsky

    The task for the near future: to establish production of rocket engines in Orion or elsewhere in the Universe. Organization of Rocketfests, holding Demonstration launches in the Peter and Paul Fortress - how to use the rocket model to cross the Galaxy model. What should be done so that astronautics does not become just science fiction, will tell the head of the club on rocket modeling Alexander Shlyadinsky.

    And also

    Survival in extreme conditions. Svyatoslav Morozov
    . Human survival conditions in extreme conditions: space and the Vostok polar station. One of the former members of the cosmonaut corps and participant in the annual polar expedition to the Vostok Arctic Station, Svyatoslav Morozov, will talk about the difficulties and problems of extreme professions, as well as interesting work.

    I want to see the cosmos. Alexander Svetlov
    What can be used to organize observations of space objects. Alexander Svetlov, a specialist in astronomical technology, a member of the National Committee for the preparation and conduct of the World Year of Astronomy, will tell you how to organize your astronomical observations.

    Cosmic dreams - reality or utopia? Anastasia Stepanova (member of Mars One)
    What causes apathy in the 21st century generation and what should be done so as not to live your life in vain? Who is the hero of our time? How can a person with a regular profession become one of 700 candidates for participation in a flight to Mars? Anastasia Stepanova, a participant in the Mars One project, will tell about the extraordinary way to making her dreams come true. Mars One is a private project that is going to make ordinary cosmonauts out of ordinary people, ready by 2024 to fly to Mars and live there.

    Starships - a new space strategy. Anton Pervushin
    World manned space exploration is in crisis. The closure of the Space Shuttle’s orbital spacecraft flight program hurt the plans to expand its human presence in the solar system. The International Space Station is supported by the aging Soyuz and Progress spacecraft. The Chinese space and rocket industry has not yet been able to prove its effectiveness. But perhaps the most important problem is the lack of a grand purpose. The voices of those who believe that mankind has nothing to do in outer space are sounding louder and more convincingly, and it is better to spend resources on solving more mundane tasks. What can the supporters of space expansion object to this harmonious chorus?

    Helpful information:

    The conference takes place on July 12 and 13 as part of the science fiction festival Starkon, St. Petersburg, Lenexpo, Pavilion 7.
    Admission to the conference is free for festival participants.

    Minimalistic website of the Parsek conference
    Beautiful website of Starkon
    Recordings of last year's conference

    Official organizers: educational project Lectureium and alumni community 239 .

    PS Most of the employees of the Lectorium make a stand on “The Secret of the Third Planet”. We will be in the T-shirts “Witnesses Bulycheva” (the author of the print with the robot is our megamount editor Ilya). Come chat in person.

    Yakov Somov
    Director of the Lectorium

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