Monthly Meeting - Hubble - 16 March 2022

Date(s) - 16/03/2022
7:30pm - 9:30pm

Henry Dixon Hall

Hubble from Launch to Infinity and beyond


About This Month’s Speaker – Mike Barrett

Mike was raised on a diet of Star Trek and Lost in Space, and graduated to the works of Isaac Asimov shortly after learning to read. He was glued to his old black and white TV during the 1960s for the Apollo missions watching history unfold from 6,000 miles away.

Space journalism for him started back in 2007 when he covered a Delta II GPS launch for Since that time he has been a frequent visitor to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station where he visited all the historic launch pads and covered a number of missions from the end of the Shuttle Era to the latest ventures into our Solar System for

In 2012, Wired4Space became an affiliate of and has since merged with AmericaSpace with the two groups working to help one another to better tell the space flight story. Mike currently provides live online updates for every American rocket lunch from USA, and worldwide launch complexes.

Having spent most of his life in South East Essex Mike now resides in a somewhat remote village in Suffolk where the skies are much darker. Here he practices his hobby of Astro Imaging in some of the darkest skies in the South of the UK. Currently he is involved in a project with the Dedham Vale Society in a project to obtain Dark Sky Reserve accreditation for the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.


Anyone is welcome – beginner or expert – and there is no need to pre-book. A small charge applies to help us cover costs (typically £3 for non-members; £2 for members; U16s free). Doors open at 7.30pm with the talk starting at 8.00pm.

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Covid Precautions

  • You are encouraged to wear a mask and you are asked to be respectful and sensitive to the medical circumstances of others
  • Please do not attend if you have had a recent positive Covid test. The NHS says the following:
    If you have COVID-19, you should stay at home while you’re infectious to others.
    This can be for up to 10 days from when your symptoms start. Many people will no longer be infectious to others after 5 days.
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  • If you have Covid symptoms and have not taken a test, please do not attend.
  • There will be a section of the Hall for exclusively mask wearers. If you are wearing a mask you may of course sit where you want but if you are not wearing a mask do not sit in the masks only area. We have vulnerable people in our club and we want to make our meeting accessible for them.
  • We will ventilate the Hall to the best of our ability.