Guildford Astronomical Society

Jerry Stone

Jerry StoneJerry Stone

Jerry Stone has given presentations on space since 1969, having started when he was 14 years old at school. Now he runs Spaceflight UK, and has spoken at venues that have included The Edinburgh Festival, The Royal Institution, The British Science Festival, The Palace of Westminster, Sir Patrick Moore’s garden, and a rock festival! He is described as “one of the leading speakers on space exploration”.

Freelance Presenter on Astronomy and Space Exploration
Author of "One Small Step", commemorating the first men on the Moon
Founder, The Sir Arthur Clarke Awards
President, The Mars Society UK
Leader of The SPACE Project
STEM Science Ambassador
Member, Association for Science Education
Member, European Association for Astronomy Education
Interplanetary Poet

For details of his presentations and his space workshops for schools, visit

DateTalk at GAS meeting
6 Oct 2006The Day They Launched a Woodpecker
7 Apr 2016Nell, Esther and Aunt Effie - The story of the world's first liquid-fuelled rocket

All of the rockets that have been used to send craft into space, to the Moon and planets can be traced back to March 16, 1926, when Dr Robert Goddard launched the first liquid-fuelled rocket. Goddard was one of the great pioneers of rocketry, and although his work was totally misunderstood and ridiculed by the New York Times and neglected by the government for many years, they both came to apologise and acknowledge his expertise years later, and NASA named one of its major research centres after him.

In this commemorative presentation you can discover the significance of Nell, Esther and Aunt Effie.