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PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:35 pm 
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I am giving a presentation on July 15 at 6:30 at the Royal Institution, London.
It is "an alternative history of space exploration", comprising some of the many stories that I have collected over the years, yet all of them - no matter how weird - are completely true!
Did you know that America once sent 50 elephants to the Moon?
Or that Wernher von Braun personally set a record for circling the Earth?
How about the lunar fork-lift? or the Zambian manned lunar landing programme?
The title story, "The Day They Launched A Woodpecker", tells of one of the more bizarre events to take place at Cape Canaveral.
To register for this free event, go to www.ile-events.org.uk

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JerryStone wrote:
I am giving a presentation on July 15 at 6:30 at the Royal Institution, London.
It is "an alternative history of space exploration", comprising some of the many stories that I have collected over the years, yet all of them - no matter how weird - are completely true!
Did you know that America once sent 50 elephants to the Moon?
Or that Wernher von Braun personally set a record for circling the Earth?
How about the lunar fork-lift? or the Zambian manned lunar landing programme?
The title story, "The Day They Launched A Woodpecker", tells of one of the more bizarre events to take place at Cape Canaveral.
To register for this free event, go to www.ile-events.org.uk

Think you're getting the words "true" and "false" mixed up there pal.


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RL Astro wrote:
Think you're getting the words "true" and "false" mixed up there pal.


Not at all. That's what makes the talk so amazing. The stories also include the rocket that was given a knighthood, Guenter Wendt's Trophy Trout, how Myrtle flew on all the early Shuttle flights, and more! And yes, they are all true. Don't believe me? Then book yourself a seat for June 15, or contact me to arrange a booking of "The Day They Launched A Woodpecker".

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Hi,
Confused :wink:
I have the greatest respect for Jerry, he has written some really interesting articles in the SPA's PA magazine and he has done many presentations over the years on astronomy and space travel.
Obviously the latest presentation is a play on words but I would be very interested in seeing one of his presentations.
All the best.
Dave

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Davej wrote:
Obviously the latest presentation is a play on words but I would be very interested in seeing one of his presentations.
All the best.
Dave


Actually the title is not a play on words. It refers to a rather bizarre event at Cape Canaveral which is commemorated at the launch complex in question. And it is not about the woodpecker that pecked away at the Shuttle's External Tank.
As I said, all the stories really are true, including the one about British Rail's flying saucer ...

You really need to see this sometime. You can find more information about it on my website.

Regards,
Jerry

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