Dinosaurs of Antarctica (Screening and Q&A)

Take an epic journey back in time to a prehistoric world now lost to ice, with this sneak preview of the giant screen adventure, Dinosaurs of Antarctica. Meet the scientists who explore the frozen continent’s glaciers on a quest to uncover its secret past. And learn how to draw a dinosaur with the award winning team behind the comic, The Time Traveling Dinosaur Detectives of Antarctica. Explorers of all ages are welcome!


Deborah Raksany (moderator), Libby Ives, Dr. Patricia Ryberg, Dr. Nathan Smith, G. Neri, Corban Wilkin

2021-07-08T07:50:30-05:00Tags: |

Space Lasers

Explore cutting edge laser technology and science through NASA satellite missions that study Lunar dust, the surface of planets, and ice, clouds, land and water of our home planet Earth. Engineers and scientists will take you behind the scenes with missions like the Ice, Cloud, and land Elevation Satellite-2, launched with its green lasers in 2018, a laser communications mission being launched this year, the Lunar Atmosphere and Dust Environment Explorer mission, and more. Plus, watch what happens when scientists team up with art and design students, producing an animated short starring an anthropomorphic light photon.


Dr. James Garvin, Jan McGarry, Jennifer Sager

2021-07-07T13:28:23-05:00Tags: |

The Dark Universe: Dark Matter and Dark Energy

Everywhere we look we see normal matter: Stars, galaxies, planets, intergalactic gas, us. But that normal matter makes up only 4% of the entire mass/energy budget of the universe! What is the rest?! Dark Energy and Dark Matter. And we don’t know much about either. That’s right, we don’t really understand what makes up the majority of the mass/energy of the universe! Join moderator Dr. Joe Pesce and a panel of world-class experts as we discuss the facts surrounding these enigmatic components of our universe!


Dr. Joe Pesce

2021-07-07T13:23:53-05:00Tags: |

Girls in space

Often times, as children mature, they are told to leave that curious, creative-side behind. They are often told, “You cannot do both. You are either Right-Brained or Left-Brained.” This panel is living proof that curiosity, creativity, and STEM go hand-in-hand. The goal of this panel is to encourage the next generation to pursue their dreams, to think “outside of the box”, and to innovate in their own unique way via the introduction of a Sci-Fi graphic novel character who tackles a plethora of daily obstacles common to an African-American female scientist/engineer.


Sabrina Thompson, Sanetra Bailey, Dr. Kyra Kim, Leslie Garrison

2021-07-07T13:25:30-05:00Tags: |

The Art of NASA: Visualizing the Future of Space

In the technically-focused world of NASA, art is crucial to explaining complex topics and engaging audiences. It’s the perfect blend of art and science! Join professional artists, designers, and modelers from Goddard Space Flight Center for a moderated discussion of art careers at NASA, the impact of art on NASA’s vision, and the role concept art plays in mission proposals.


Michael Lentz, Reese Patillo, Walt Feimer, Danny Baird

2021-07-08T09:01:01-05:00Tags: |

Sex & the sealife (or blue chicca-woo-woo planet)

The panel comprises a bunch of nerdy marine biologists who will be discussing some of the bizarre behaviors of marine species from orcas and elephant seals to giant squid – in particular details about marine reproductive behavior that would make even Aquaman blush. PG-13


Dr Ashley Scarlett, Dr Naomi Rose, Dr Craken MacCraic

2021-07-07T13:20:11-05:00Tags: |

Uncovering Mars through New and Future Missions

Earlier this year, NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance rover landed on the surface of Mars. ExoMars, a joint program of the European Space Agency and the Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, will launch to the Red Planet in 2022. These missions will address key questions about the potential for life on Mars. The ExoMars rover, named Rosalind Franklin, will traverse the Martian surface in search of signs of life. The Perseverance rover will collect and store core samples for a future mission to gather and return to Earth. In this session, NASA scientists will discuss what we hope to learn from these new missions and how current orbiters around Mars will support them.


Lu Chou, Scott Guzewich (panelist & moderator), Geronimo Villanueva, Giuliano Liuzzi

2021-07-12T12:59:30-05:00Tags: |

Dugongs & Seadragons

The time of heroes was over. It was a time for … not-quite-so-heroes! Join the cast of the Dugongs & Seadragons podcast for a live recording. Dugongs and Seadragons features an international collection of nerdy marine biologists playing Dungeons and Dragons while talking about marine science. The podcast has the unique honor of having been both a top 10 natural science AND gaming podcast in the US.


Chris Parsons, Joshua Drew, Remi Montcrieff, Erin Andersen, Ashley Soller + special guest

2021-07-07T13:21:06-05:00Tags: |

Pandemics in fact and fiction

Pandemic plagues — both manmade and natural — dominate the world of fiction. Books and shows like The Walking Dead, Utopia, and The Stand offer us ideals of post-apocalyptic heroism in the face of deadly viruses sweeping through the population. But as we’ve recently found, reality looks a lot less like zombies, and a lot more like huddling in your house. A panel of journalists, scientists and historians will discuss how fictional pandemics differ from real life, and how they are sometimes eerily similar. We’ll talk about the 1918 flu, the Justinianic plague, the coronavirus pandemic and other real-world examples, comparing and contrasting with their fictional counterparts. We’ll explore fictional tropes and how real viruses stack up. We’ll also discuss what fiction can teach us about living through a pandemic, and what real stories can give back to fictional worlds.


Alexandre White, Alfredo Garzino-Demo, Andrew Pekosz, Bethany Brookshire, Tina Saey

2021-07-08T09:05:01-05:00Tags: |

Warp Speed Ahead: Spacecraft in Fact and Fiction

From the TARDIS to Mars orbiters, from Space-X to X-Wings, spacecraft of all types hold an unparalleled grip on our imagination. Spacecraft present us with all the heady excitement of race cars, jet planes and a voyage into the unknown all in one. We know them by heart in their myriad wondrous shapes and forms: the NASA Voyager probes and Mars rovers, the laser gun-wielding fighters of Star Wars and Battlestar Galactica, the mighty Borg Cube and many more. In this panel four NASA scientists will discuss rocket and spacecraft designs and technology – past, present and perhaps far-off future – and answer audience questions about NASA exploration plans for our solar system, both human and robotic. This is a great opportunity for writers, artists, or just the curious to be inspired and ask questions to the experts.


Dr Conor A Nixon, Dr Giada N Arney, Dr Ravi Kopparapu, Dr Stefanie N Milam

2021-07-07T13:21:29-05:00Tags: |

Women at NASA

Come meet just a few of the talented women who work at NASA. Hear about what led them to the space agency, the sometimes crazy paths they took to get where they are today and the challenges they’ve faced.


Dawn Myers, Nayi Castro, Lora Bleacher, Natalie Curran, Sabrina Thompson

2021-07-12T13:21:33-05:00Tags: |

Where do Science Fiction Planets and Facts Meet?

Science fiction planets are commonly found as worlds in which sci-fi novels take place. Do some of these worlds actually exist in the universe? In this panel, scientists will discuss how science fiction planets could actually be detected from Earth and what it might be like to live on one of them.


Giada Arney, Kevin Stevenson, Kristin Sotzen, Noam Izenberg (panelist & moderator), Ravi Kopparapu

2021-07-07T13:26:10-05:00Tags: |

Solving the Space Development Paradox

The Expanse depicts a robustly settled solar system teeming with intrigue, adventure, and possibility. Indeed, recent work has shown that the resources of the solar system are vast beyond imagining, and worth many fortunes. Despite all this bounty and already having the technology for much more aggressive human space activity, we have no Martian cities or asteroid mining camps. Why? The short answer is money. The sort of self-sustaining space settlement envisioned by sci-fi authors faces a fundamental paradox: it is too expensive to ship everything you need from Earth, but to get around that, you already need industry in space. Drawing on an academic paper he wrote on the topic, the presenter will argue that deploying orbital solar power relays will not only address some of the most pressing environmental and energy problems here on Earth, but can break the development paradox and kickstart meaningful space settlement.


Leet William Wood, PhD

2021-07-07T13:23:23-05:00Tags: |

Black Holes: Monsters of Destruction

Black holes. These enigmatic objects have fascinated us for over 100 years, and we are learning more and more about them every day, including direct imaging of the shadow of a supermassive black hole! Lurking in the centers of almost all galaxies, supermassive black holes are the true monsters in the universe. When they feed on passing gas and stars, they burst to life and power some of the most energetic astrophysical phenomena in the universe. Colliding black holes produce gravitational waves we are just starting to observe, and their extreme environments provide exquisite laboratories for the study of the laws of physics in ways we can’t hope to do on earth. Join moderator Dr. Joe Pesce and a panel of world-class experts as we discuss the facts surrounding these awesome monsters in the universe!


Dr. Joe Pesce

2021-07-07T13:24:28-05:00Tags: |

Taking science 20,000 Leagues Beneath Sea

From the 20,000 Leagues Beneath Sea to the Abyss, from Seaquest DSV and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea to the recent movie Underwater, the underwater environment has been a been a staple for science fiction. Even Star Wars has got in on the act with the underwater cities of Naboo in The Phantom Menace. In this panel we talk with a panel of ocean scientists about some of the most famous underwater science fiction epics – from the good to the bad, and even the ugly – and what it’s actually like to work and even live, underwater.


E. Chris Parsons

2021-07-08T08:35:33-05:00Tags: |

Star Trek Tech

Teleportation? Androids? Escaping a Black Hole? The possibility of humanoid or other forms of life on other planets? Star Trek contains advances in technology and science that push the limits of the human imagination. The National Science Foundation brings together a panel of scientists to discuss the tech behind Star Trek. These experts will explore breakthroughs in science that reveals the truth behind the fiction.


Dr. Samuel Scheiner, Dr. John Nichol, Dr. Joe Pesce, Dr. Timothy Brown

2021-07-07T13:27:00-05:00Tags: |

The Immortal Spacecraft

Space is a lonely place. For the most part, when a spacecraft is launched, it’s on its own, regardless of whether it ever needs assistance or not. It launches, operates, and is decommissioned alone, its lifespan limited by supplies that run out, imperfect human design, and the exceedingly harsh natural space environment. But what if we could find a way to make spacecraft self-sustaining? Able to be refueled, fixed, and upgraded by robots, ensuring their operational lifespans are no longer prematurely over? That is the promise of robots in space carrying out On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing (OSAM). These three capabilities work together to make the concept of an immortal spacecraft not just science fiction, but one day, science fact. Join our NASA panelists as they walk you through the revolutionary robotic technologies that will help make immortal spacecraft feasible.


Jill Mcguire, Billy Gallagher, Brent Robertson

2021-07-07T13:22:50-05:00Tags: |
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