New Meetup: One Giant Leap: Space Exploration and the New Pioneers @ Museum of Science

From: T.J. M.
Sent on: Monday, March 30, 2009 12:15 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for Nerd Fun - Boston!

What: One Giant Leap: Space Exploration and the New Pioneers @ Museum of Science

When: May 13,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Click the link below to find out!

Meetup Description: Grab your ticket the day of the lecture, go to the Blue Wing, go up the escalators, and meet up outside the doors of the lecture hall on the top floor, because Nerd Fun is going to the Museum of Science... again! Heh. We practically live there...

From the Museum of Science Site:

"Could the key to future space exploration lie in revisiting where we have already been? NASA and private companies are using travel to the Moon as a way to expand the space frontier. Both the public and the private sectors will be essential for creating the necessary new technologies to accomplish this task. What are the goals of current space missions? Who are the new players to watch? What laws govern space expeditions? Is there money to be made in the years to come? Join us for a fascinating discussion of the present and future of space exploration".

"Tickets: Seating is limited. Seating passes for free programs are available to the general public in the Museum lobby beginning at 5:45 p.m. on the evening of the program. First come, first served.

"Museum members may reserve a limited number of seating passes for free programs in advance; first come, first served. Availability is limited to the number of Exhibit Halls admissions permitted with your membership level. For member reservations, call between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday of the week of the program only:[masked]".

Where to meet:

Wait in line to grab your ticket, go through the turnstiles, head to the right where the Blue Wing is, and go up the escalators. T.J. Maher will be waiting in the optical illusions section just before the doors to the lecture hall. T.J. is 5 foot 7, with short brown hair, blue eyes, a "Hello My Name is T.J." nametag, and a red MEETUP sign attached to his black messenger bag. It's been getting more and more chaotic to reserve a whole bloc of tickets as the free lectures get more and more crowded.

About the Lecturers:

Doug Cooke, associate administrator for exploration systems, NASA; Ken Davidian, "Encourage, Facilitate, and Promote" program lead, FAA Office of Commercial Space Transportation; Joanne Gabrynowicz, JD, director, National Center for Remote Sensing, Air and Space Law, The University of Mississippi; William Pomerantz, senior director for space projects, X Prize Foundation; Moderated by Spencer Reiss, contributing editor, Wired Magazine.

Doug Cook (Bio - NASA:)

"Doug Cooke is Associate Administrator for the Office of Exploration Systems Mission Directorate. The Exploration Systems Mission Directorate is responsible for managing the development of flight hardware systems for future support of the International Space Station and the exploration of the moon, Mars and beyond. This includes development of lunar robotic precursors, critical technologies and human research to support future human spacecraft and exploration missions.

"Mr. Cooke has over 35 years of unique experience in the Space Shuttle, Space Station, and Exploration Programs. He has been assigned significant responsibilities during critical periods of each of these, including top management positions in all three programs".

Spencer Reiss:

"Spencer Reiss is a writer and editor specializing in technology and its broader impact on culture and society. A long-time foreign correspondent for Newsweek and contributing editor at Wired, he writes regularly for a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and MIT Technology Review.

"He graduated from Dartmouth College with an A.B. in history, and received an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University".

Ken Davidian (Video): At the International Symposium for Personal and Commercial Spaceflight.

Joanne Irene Gabrynowicz ( University of Mississippi Law School Bio ):

"Prof. Gabrynowicz is an official observer for the International Astronautical Federation to the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. She was a member of the International Institute of Space Law delegation to the Unidroit Committee of Governmental Experts for the Preparation of a Draft Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Space Assets".

William Pomerantz ( X-Prize bio ):

" In addition to his work on the X PRIZE Foundation's space prizes, Pomerantz also serves as a coach for the Zero Gravity Corporation, joining passengers in weightlessness on parabolic flights. [ MORE: ]

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