Pat Norris, the author of Spies In The Sky, Watching Earth from Space and the soon-to-be-published Return to the Moon after Apollo, regularly lectures on the subjects covered in his books.  With the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission approaching he is increasingly invited to speak about the Apollo program (on which he worked in Houston from 1967 to 1970).  The Reinventing Space conference in London (October 30th to November 1st 2018) was the occasion for a talk on the Apollo-era race to the Moon and the current international plans to send humans there again.

Another subject his talks cover is that of spy satellites, their impact on the Cold War and their relevance in today's conflict-ridden world.  He is also a frequent speaker on a variety of other space and software topics. 

Many hundreds of people enjoyed his lectures in the past few years on the subjects covered in Spies in the Sky in venues around the UK as well as in France, Germany and Holland.

Pat has also given many lectures around the UK on the subjects covered in his 2010 book Watching Earth from Space.

He has recently contributed two chapters to the Handbook of Space Security published in 2014 by Springer and edited by K-U Schrogl, et al.  One chapter covers "Eavesdropping from Space" and includes information released by whistle-blower Edward Snowden.  The other chapter covers "USA Military Space Programs".  Both of these chapters form the basis for lectures that have been (and continue to be) presented at various Branches of the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS).

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In other speaking duties, Pat  gave a lecture on "The Space Race" at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London,  part of the Gallery's series of lectures on the history of the late 1950s and 1960s.  Further information on the Gallery's activities can be found on their website: Dulwich Picture Gallery

Recently Pat has focused on lecturing to school children.  For those in Primary School he uses space to enthuse young children about taking up the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  In High Schools or Secondary Schools he shows how space can be an exciting career and provides advice on the courses to take.

Pat has written and presented extensively about his experience in the Apollo moon landing missions.   On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the first moon landing New Scientist published a feature article by him about the challenges of navigating to the moon (Apollo Navigation).  He appeared on the UK Channel 4 TV programme that also celebrated that 25th anniversary and has written and been written about in newspapers and magazines in the years since then.  He gave a lecture on this topic at the "home of longitude", the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich (near London) on 23 March 2012 where he described how the errors in longitude of NASA's tracking stations caused severe problems for the Apollo 8 mission.  The imminent publication of his Return to the Moon after Apollo book will lead to many speaking engagements in 2019 and beyond.

Another topic covered by Pat is the Huygens probe that landed on Saturn's moon Titan.  He lectured on that subject on 9 September 2009 at the Bedford (UK) Branch of the RAeS and on a number of occasions at Kingston University.

Watch this space for future speaking dates.