Monthly Public Meetings and Talks


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 Education Training Facility main auditorium. 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

February 15 at 7 pm. Peenemünde 75, then and Now. with Jackie Dannenberg, Heidi Weber Collier, and Dick Curtis. This year in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the first successful launch into space on October 3rd, 1942 in Peenemünde, Germany, a small group of Wernher von Braun team enthusiasts are traveled to Peenemünde. [ Read More ]

March 1 at 7 pm. CubeSats - To The Moon & Beyond. with Scott Spearing (Geocent). NASA's first SLS mission (EM-1) will launch 13 cubesats to fly to the moon and further. Discussion on capability, design and destinations. And a sneak peek behind plans for upcoming missions and capabilities. [ Read More ]

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

Recent News

  • May 2017. Sixth year in a row, HAL5 received the NSS Chapter Excellence Award for Education Outreach for 2016
  • 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