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From Skylab to Interplanetary Space Weather: The Next Frontier
Exploring Space Lectures
Presenter: Madhulika (Lika) Guhathakurta, program scientist, NASA, Science Mission Directorate, Living with a Star
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater
Museum in Washington, DC
6:30 pm - PRE-LECTURE: View a free film in the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater or Albert Einstein Planetarium; participate in educational programming
7:30 pm - PRE-LECTURE: Meet the lecturer
8:00 pm - Lecture begins
9:00 pm - Stargazing in the Phoebe Waterman Haas Public Observatory, weather permitting.
Before the Space Age, “protecting ourselves” meant looking after our resources on Earth. Now it includes our assets in space. Powerful solar storms have the potential to cripple our modern-day, hi-tech society. Satellites bind us all together through communications and GPS. Deep space probes that collect and transmit images and data are now exploring the solar system, far beyond Earth's protective magnetosphere. Learn about how the study of space weather is vital to the continued success of these missions in space to ensure minimal disruption to our lives here on Earth.
The Exploring Space lectures are made possible by the generous support of Aerojet Rocketdyne and United Launch Alliance.