Pat Norris, the author of Spies In The Sky, Watching Earth from Space and the about-to-be-published Returning People to the Moon after Apollo, regularly lectures on the subjects covered in his books.  As July 2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission he is increasingly invited to speak about the Apollo program (on which he worked in Houston from 1967 to 1970). 

A description of his work on Apollo 11 and a video interview in which he describes his Apollo experience were published by The Irish Times on July 13, 2019 - see Pat Norris and Apollo

Upcoming venues for his Apollo talks include:

  • September 27, 2019 at 6pm organised by the Irish Astronomical Society, at Ely House, 8 Ely Place, Dublin 2 (Ireland)
  • October 12, 2019 at 11:30am, AMSAT UK Convention, Milton Keynes (UK) - see AMSAT UK 2019
  • October 23 at 6:15pm, organised by the Hatfield Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Hatfield (UK)
  • November 7 and 8, 2019 two lectures organised by the Physics Department, University College Dublin (Ireland)
  • November 11, 2019 at 8pm at Trinity College Dublin organised by Astronomy Ireland - see Astronomy Ireland
  • November 16, 2019 at 6pm at the National Space Centre, Leicester (UK) - open to the public for a modest fee - see National Space Centre
  • November 19, 2019 at 5:15pm organised by the Boscombe Down Branch of the Royal Aeronautical Society, Boscombe Down (UK)

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 contributed two chapters to the Handbook of Space Security published in 2015 and again in 2019 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).

  • To find out more about RAeS Branch events, please contact the Branch using the details provided at RAeS Branches 

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 50th anniversary of the first human Moon landing (Apollo 11, July 20, 1969) he will be a panellist on RTE.  On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of Apollo 11 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.  His work on Apollo navigation was the basis for a lecture 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.  Triggered by the publication of his Returning People to the Moon book, he has already published magazine and social media articles about Apollo 11 and his role in it, and more are in the pipeline. 

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

Watch this space for future speaking dates.