space talkWe all truly live in the Space Age. Space exploration is one of those subjects that captures the imagination of people of all ages and all walks of life. The Space Age began on October 4, 1957 with the launch of Sputnik, the world’s first satellite. Yet, humankind dreamt of going into space for centuries before this. Professor Scott Madry provides a fascinating account of the early pioneers of the technology that eventually allowed humans to become a spacefaring species, starting from ancient Greek times, to the early rockets developed in China, and later further developed in Europe and North America, often for military applications. These developments led up to the Apollo landing on the Moon in 1969, space missions to explore the solar system, and the International Space Station of today, to name but a few. This is a fascinating story spanning centuries of time and several continents, and involving several visionary personalities, delivered by one of the world’s leading space educators.

prof_scott_madryProfessor Scott Madry is the Executive Director of the Global Space Institute and the Founder and President of Informatics International, Inc., an international scientific services company providing geomatics training, services, and project management. He is also a Research Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has taught extensively in academic programmes of the International Space University.

There is no charge to attend this talk but seats are limited and booking is recommended. Please call 021 300 3200 or email to book your seat.

This lecture is delivered as part of the outreach activities of the UCT SpaceLab postgraduate programme in space studies. For more information, visit