Public Outreach Program
In commemoration of the International Year of Astronomy, the conference 
organized a public outreach program targeting college & school students as well as
the general audience.
Two distinguished scientists spoke at the program:
Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman, NASA Astronaut and Professor of Astronautics at MIT, and
Dr. Robert Williams, Distinguished Research Scholar and former director of the
Hubble Space Telescope Science Institute; IAU President-elect.
The video of their lectures is available at AUC Youtube channel. The lectures
abstracts and other related videos are available below.
50 Days in Space: Astronaut Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope
Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman
Abstract: I was fortunate to have been selected as a NASA astronaut in 1978, when
NASA was preparing to start flying the Space Shuttle. I made five space flights during
my 19 years with NASA and became the first astronaut to accumulate 1000 hours of
space flight onboard the Shuttle. Of all the missions I flew, the one with the greatest
impact was surely the rescue and repair of the initially flawed Hubble telescope in
December, 1993. I will discuss the training that I underwent preparing for space
flights and show images of the Hubble rescue/repair mission. I will also discuss the
subsequent Hubble servicing missions and the final servicing mission planned for
later this year.
The New Universe: Revelations from Space Telescopes
Dr. Robert Williams
Abstract: New discoveries from Hubble Space Telescope and from complicated
computer calculations have revealed important facts about the universe that were
not imagined years ago. The existence of black holes, the accelerating expansion
of the universe, observing galaxies near the time of their formation after the Big
Bang, and the presence of planets in solar systems around other stars that might
support life are all subjects for which we have recent information. The discoveries
of astronomy are profound and impact our understanding of ourselves on earth.
Lecture Schedule:
Saturday, Match 28, 12:00 PM, Bibliotheca Alexandria, Multi-purpose Hall
Saturday, March 28, 7:30 PM Cairo Opera House, Open Air Theatre
Sunday, March 29, 11:00 AM, Cairo University, Faculty of Science, Ibn Sena Hall
Sunday, March 29, 3:00 PM, American University in Cairo, Moataz Al Alfi Hall
Related Videos:
Dr. Jeffery Hoffman Induction to NASA Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2007
What is it Like in Space? Answers Hoffman
Below: Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman repairing the Hubble Space Telescope
Dr. Hoffman spent more than 1,211 hours and 21.5 million miles in space
during 5 missions aboard NASA space shuttles Discovery, Columbia, Atlantis, and
Endeavour. He was inducted into the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2007 and is
currently a professor at MIT's department of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
He teaches space operations and designs and is involved in the International
Space Station.

Dr. Jeffery Hoffman
Dr. Robert Williams