A lesson on Gravity


Event details

Date and time 10.03.2015 17:15  
Place and room
Speaker Prof. Claude Nicollier
Bio: Claude Nicollier has been a European Space Agency astronaut for nearly 30 years. He first graduated in physics (Bachelor) and astrophysics (Master), and then earned the title of Swiss Air Force pilot, airline pilot and test pilot.
He was a member of the first group of ESA astronauts selected in 1978. He was then assigned to the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, for Space Shuttle training and flight assignment
He took part in 4 space flights, and spent more than 1000 hours in space, including a spacewalk of more than 8 hours duration to install new equipment on the Hubble Space Telescope. Since 2004, he has been a professor at EPFL, teaching at Master’s level, and provides assistance to students on various space related projects. He is also involved in the “Solar Impulse” solar powered aircraft program as Head of Test Flights.
Category Conferences - Seminars

Introduction by Prof. Patrick Aebischer, President of EPFL

Honorary Lecture of Claude Nicollier: "A lesson on Gravity"

This lecture will outline major steps in the understanding of the concept of gravity, with the names of Galileo, Newton, and Einstein clearly standing out. It will describe and illustrate the very special conditions of “Zero-g” in a free flying spacecraft. The Principle of Equivalence, basis of Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity, will also be presented, with some of its consequences.

Registration until  February 20th : http://go.epfl.ch/nicollier

Conférence en anglais

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  • General public
  • Registration required


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