Date: Monday, Dec. 11

Time: 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn, Bozeman

Our neighborhoods are festooned with dish antennas pointed skyward. What are they pointing at? How can the GPS receiver in our phones and cars tell us where we are, anytime, anywhere? Which satellites are taking pictures of our homes from outer space? Spy movies often show stern people commanding satellites over some evil empire to watch the bad guys. Can spy satellites really do that? These are some of the questions to be explored in this program, as we discuss what is over our heads, and why satellites are so important to modern life.

Elwell JohnInstructor: John Elwell spent his career in the space business, building instruments and managing programs for space research at the Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University. He worked on many different missions that studied the Earth, our solar system, and the universe. John holds electrical engineering degrees from University of Utah and Utah State University.


Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust