Monthly Public Meetings and Talks

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We offer monthly free public talks on wide variety of topics related to space, technology, space sciences, astronomy, and book lectures typically first Thursday of the month from 7 to 9 pm at U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Educator Training Facility. We have been offering public lectures since our founding. Our meetings showcase the subject matters experts and talents in this region. It also provides a great opportunity for the audience to engage with the speaker through questions and answers, and one-on-one interactions.

Programming is typically scheduled 3 to 4 months in advance. This allows us to get the words out to you all, and to coordinate with other societies who might be intersted in the talks. On occasions, we will have a joint event with USSRC's Pass the Torch series if we have very special topic or needed a much large forum. A listing of our past programs, along with highlight of our activities can be found here. If you are interested in speaking to us, you can or speak to one of the officers at our meeting.

Upcoming HAL5 Events and Activities

May 4 at 7 pm. These Are the Droids You are Looking For. Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of the original Star Wars. Wayne Neumaier of A7L Props will be bring his own creation, R2-D2 "Goddard" for a special interactive presentation on the construction and operation of his droid. Special Location: Straight to Ale at Campus 805 [ Learn More ]


June 1, 2017 @ 5:30 pm. HAL5 and USSRC joint Pass the Torch event with Dr. Martin C. Weisskopf, NASA/MSFC Chief Scientist for X-Ray Astronomy on "The Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer (IXPE): An Overview of the Mission and its Science". Location: USSRC Davidson Center National Geographic Theater. The IXPE will be the next in the line of NASA’s Small Explorer Missions. The mission allows, for the first time imaging X-ray polarimetry with sufficient sensitivity to study ... [ Learn More ]


July 6 at 7 pm. Additive Manufacture for Aerospace with Omar R. Mireles, NASA MSFC. Discussions on additive manufacture introduction, design techniques, analysis methods, build preparation, the build process, and post processing. [ Learn More ]


August 3 at 7 pm. Space Launch System: The Next Steps Toward the Giant Leap with Lewis Wooten, NASA MSFC, Associate Program Manager. As NASA's SLS rocket moves closer to its first launch, the agency continues to mature its plans for the future of space exploration it will enable. Mr. Wooten will explain the progress being made to prepare SLS for its first launch (and second), how ... [ Learn More ]


September 7 at 7 pm. Looking Beyond WFIRST, the next large X-Ray Mission - Lynx with Dr. Jessica Gaskin, NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center. [ Learn More ]

Archive of past HAL5 events since 1992 can be found here.

Recent News

  • March 1, 2017. HAL5 will doing paper air rockets launches at Columbia Elementary School in Madison in Mid-March.
  • January 16, 2017. HAL5 will be at Panoply Arts Festival 2017 to staff an STEAM Interactive Tent.
  • Dec. 18, 2016. HAL5 officers election result. Re-elected 2016 board members with the exception of publicity chair. The Publicity Chair position is vacant.
  • Oct. 1, 2016. HAL5 has a new home. Starting on January 1, 2017, our monthly meetings will be at USSRC Educator Training Facility. First Thursday of the month at 7 pm.
  • May 20, 2016. Fifth year in a row, HAL5 received the NSS Chapter Excellence Award for Education Outreach for 2015