In 1977, humanity embarked on a voyage that took many hundreds, even perhaps thousands of years to prepare for. Although no human physically set out, two voyager spacecrafts were selected and shaped to serve as our eyes and ambassadors in the cosmos. Today, these two spacecrafts are the farthest man-made objects, in fact they are so far away that it takes 16 hours for us to send a message to them at the speed of light. After millions of years of being confined to a small rock, life has finally stepped outside and started to explore its neighbourhood.
Join The Second Floor (T2F) for a Science ka Adda session as Faisal Ahmad tells the story of the Voyager’s interstellar endeavor. We will chat about science, the technology behind the spacecrafts, and about our dreams for the future.
About Faisal R. Ahmad
Faisal was born on the Ides of March in the year of the horse. When he was ten years old, he realized that he wanted to unlock the mysteries of the cosmos and dreamt of studying physics. Through a rather convoluted path, he discovered the joys of tinkering and his attention turned towards experimental physics.
In graduate school, Faisal’s research meandered through the worlds of quantum teleportation, ultrashort light pulses and devices that emitted light despite the fact that they were no bigger than bacteria. These days, Faisal is trying to figure out how to harness energy from our largest nuclear power station – the sun.
Date: Friday, 28th December, 2012
Time: 7:00 pm
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Venue: The Second Floor (T2F), 10-C, Sunset Lane 5, Phase 2 Extension, DHA, Karachi.