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Exploring Space Lectures

One hundred years ago, astronomers using optical telescopes questioned whether the universe was composed of stars, or of systems of stars called “galaxies.” Since then, this “Great Debate” has shifted to more and more precise questions. The 2020 Exploring Space Lecture Series will feature discussions on some of these questions as we explore the mysteries of the Sun, new information on black holes, and the roles that the Spitzer and Event Horizon telescopes have played in shaping the parameters of this constantly-evolving debate.

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Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
February 11, 2020 | 8:00pm

The Sun in a New Light

Mark Cheung, senior staff physicist at the Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, will discuss how NASA’s fleet of science missions are revealing the mysteries of the Sun.

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Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
June 19, 2019 | 8:00pm

The Future of Lunar Exploration

In this lecture, NASA Chief Scientist Jim Green will discuss NASA’s future plans for going to the Moon to stay and then traveling on to Mars and how the Moon provides a natural, yet challenging, environment for our next-generation robotic and human explorers.    Tickets are free but required.

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Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
May 22, 2019 | 8:00pm

Apollo Landing Sites Revisited: Modern Datasets at Familiar Locales

In this lecture, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) scientist Noah Petro shares perspectives on the Apollo landing sites and sheds new light on future explorations.   Tickets are free but required.

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Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
April 24, 2019 | 8:00pm

The New Moon

In this lecture, planetary scientist Brett Denevi will explore revolutionary new views of both the Moon’s ancient history and how its surface continues to change today. Tickets are free but required.

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Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
March 28, 2019 | 8:00pm

Apollo Legacy

In this lecture, Farouk El-Baz will describe his experiences as an eyewitness to the management, planning, and implementation of the Apollo program. Tickets are free but required.

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Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
June 20, 2018 | 8:00pm

The Historical Quest to See to the End of the Universe… Or Its Beginning

In this lecture, Robert Smith, professor of history at the University of Alberta, will examine how astronomers in the past set out to address fundamental questions about the universe. Tickets are free but required.

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The Historical Quest to See to the End of the Universe… Or Its Beginning

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Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
May 23, 2018 | 8:00pm

The Hubble Space Telescope: Opening Cosmic Doors for JWST

In this lecture, Jennifer Wiseman, Hubble Space Telescope senior project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, will highlight Hubble’s newest incredible observations of stars, distant galaxies, and even planets outside our solar system. Tickets are free but required.

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Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
April 18, 2018 | 8:00pm

Is Astronomy Ready for the James Webb Space Telescope?

In this lecture, Ken Sembach, director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, will highlight some of the exciting science to be conducted in JWST’s first year of observations. Tickets are free but required. 

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Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
February 7, 2018 | 8:00pm

Engineering Miracles for Scientific Discoveries with the James Webb Space Telescope

In this lecture, John Mather, senior astrophysicist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center and project manager for the James Webb Space Telescope, will outline how the team conceived the design, why they’re building it the way they are, and how they are testing it to make sure it will work. Tickets are free but required. 

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Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
May 2, 2017 | 8:00pm

Planet Nine From Outer Space

In this Exploring Space lecture Caltech astronomer Mike Brown will explore the evidence of a possible ninth planet in the outer solar system. Free tickets required. 

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