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Welcome to Houston Science Enthusiasts! Founded in 2010 (under the original name Houston Super Secret Science Club), our goal is to provide a place for people interested in science to find and gather at the most interesting science-related activities in the Greater Houston region. These include gatherings at the many science-related lectures held at area universities and other educational institutions, visits to museums, outdoors field trips and social mixers at local pubs and restaurants. The idea to make these meet-ups entertaining and interesting to the lay community as well as those from the ranks of professional scientists. Anyone can join -- you don't need a Ph.D., just some curiosity.

You also are invited to join our Facebook group, where we continue the discussion online:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/HoustonSuperSecretScienceClub/

You can find our page of Houston Area Science Resources here:  https://www.facebook.com/legacy/notes/637381806593089/

Upcoming events (4+)

HYBRID: The DART Mission Impact into asteroid Dimorphos

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To kick off its 2022–2023 Cosmic Explorations Speaker Series (CESS), the Lunar and Planetary Institute will present Dr. Edgard Rivera-Valentín, a planetary scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, with a DART mission overview and LIVE commentary as the DART spacecraft approaches and impacts the asteroid.

Rivera-Valentín is an investigation team member of the Near-Earth Object Surveyor Mission and the planetary defense lead for the OSIRIS-APEX mission to the asteroid Apophis.

Edgard Rivera-Valentín bio: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/science/staff/rivera-valentin

In-person attendees are encouraged to wear masks.

For those who are unable to attend in-person, the event will be streamed live through the LPI YouTube channel. Recordings of past presentations are also available on LPI’s YouTube channel.

DART mission page: https://dart.jhuapl.edu

Learn more here: https://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/cosmic-explorations

NOTE: To sign up for the LPI newsletter and program announcements. visit this page: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/forms/newsletter/

Image: NASA/Johns Hopkins APL/Steve Gribben

RESCHEDULED: Artemis 1 Launch

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Artemis 1, the uncrewed first launch of the Space Launch System to the Moon, has been tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, September 27, with a backup date of October 2.

Specific times for the potential launch opportunities are as follows:

  • Sept 27: 70-minute launch window opens at 11:37 a.m. EDT; landing on Nov. 5
  • Under review – Oct. 2: 109-minute launch window opens at 2:52 p.m.; landing on Nov. 11

Briefings and launch coverage will be available on the NASA website. Coverage will include live streaming and blog updates. On-demand streaming video and photos of the launch will be available shortly after liftoff. Follow countdown coverage on NASA’s Artemis blog at:

https://blogs.nasa.gov/artemis

Live NASA TV coverage will stream on the NASA website, as well as Facebook, Twitch, NASA YouTube, and in 4k on NASA’s UHD channel. For NASA TV downlink information, schedule, and links to streaming video, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/live

Attend Launch Virtually

Members of the public can register to attend the launch virtually. NASA’s virtual guest program for the mission includes curated launch resources, notifications about related opportunities or changes, and a stamp for the NASA virtual guest passport following a successful launch.

Virtual NASA Social

NASA invites the public to join the Artemis I social event on Facebook. Stay up to date on the latest mission activities, interact with Artemis experts in real-time, and watch the live launch broadcast with an interactive chat.

Watch, Engage on Social Media

Stay connected with the mission and let people know you are following the launch on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram with #Artemis. Follow and tag these accounts:

NASA's Artemis Program page: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis/

NASA's Artemis 1 mission page: https://www.nasa.gov/specials/artemis-i

Image: An artist’s rendering, via NASA, of the Artemis I launch. The image shows Launch Complex 39B with the SLS rocket launching from Exploration Ground Systems' mobile launcher.

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ONLINE: Houston Methodist Institute for Robotics, Imaging & Navigation Symposium

Join us LIVE on Oct 4th (9am - 12pm) as we disseminate advancements in the fields of surgical robotics, extended reality, and image-guided navigation.

Event will be live-streamed through Youtube.

Register through Eventbrite: Houston Methodist Institute for Robotics, Imaging & Navigation - Symposium Tickets, Tue, Oct 4, 2022 at 9:00 AM | Eventbrite

HYBRID: Global Vaccines and Vaccinations - the Science & the Antiscience

Description: "Dr. Peter Hotez is an internationally recognized physician-scientist in neglected tropical diseases and vaccine development. He is perhaps most well-known for keeping Houston and the nation up to date on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine. Dr. Hotez will tell a personal story of his decades countering antivaccine activism, which now includes attacks from extremist groups, many with antisemitism and antisemitic leanings at their core. He will explain his work in the greater context of the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam first taught to him by his cousin and Holocaust survivor, Rabbi Phil Lazowski.

"Dr. Hotez will also discuss the 21st Century successes in global vaccines and vaccinations, together with his work to develop new vaccines for poverty-related neglected diseases, as well as a new COVID-19 vaccines for global health. These include Corbevax administered to more than 80 million people in India, and Indovac, the first Halal vaccine for Indonesia and Muslim-majority nations. "

Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D. is Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine where he is also the Co-director of the Texas Children’s Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) and Texas Children’s Hospital Endowed Chair of Tropical Pediatrics. He is also University Professor at Baylor University, Fellow in Disease and Poverty at the James A Baker III Institute for Public Policy, Senior Fellow at the Scowcroft Institute of International Affairs at Texas A&M University, Faculty Fellow with the Hagler Institute for Advanced Studies at Texas A&M University, and Health Policy Scholar in the Baylor Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy.

Baylor College of Medicine bio: https://www.bcm.edu/people-search/peter-hotez-23229

This event is free and open the public, but registration is required.

Event information and registration: https://hmh.org/events/dr-peter-hotez-on-vaccine-tikkun-global-vaccines-and-vaccinations-2022-10-13-18:00:00

NOTE: RSVP'ing on this Meetup event DOES NOT mean you are registered for the event itself.

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