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The Perils of Space Flight on the Human Body July 18th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

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Join us as the Sherman Library offers the remote program, The Perils of Space Flight on the Human Body, a presentation by Bill Cloutier of the McCarthy Observatory on Thursday, July 18th at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom.


Spaceflight is inherently dangerous. The machines that takes us into the void are extraordinarily complex, unforgiving, and rely on highly explosive fuels for propellant. While we have made remarkable progress in creating the means for spaceflight, the human body remains the weak link to long duration stays in space. This talk will explore both aspects, the mechanical and corporeal, and the challenges that lie ahead if humans are to become a multi-planetary species.


Presenter Bill Cloutier is an amateur astronomer and founding member of the McCarthy Observatory, located in New Milford, Connecticut, which has been operational since 2000. Bill is the senior editor of the observatory’s monthly newsletter on astronomy and space exploration, as well as a regular presenter and an adult education classroom instructor for a night sky appreciation course, NEO observer, and a senior telescope operator. He is also a NASA Science Solar System Ambassador. Before retiring, Bill worked in the nuclear industry for 42 years. He has a life-long interest in astronomy, astrophotography, space exploration history, with a special interest in lunar imaging, and sharing those interests with the public.


This program is free and is offered by the Sherman Library remotely through Zoom. Register online at or contact