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Exploring Space Lectures

Lunar samples and data from Apollo transformed our understanding not only of the Moon but of solar system science as a whole. To view the lunar surface is to look back through time, at terrains that record the story of the early development of the Moon and planets. In honor of the Apollo 11 50th anniversary, this series will explore what the Moon has taught us, what it continues to teach us, and what new windows it may yet open in science, technology, and exploration. Join four distinguished speakers as they look at lunar exploration with an eye toward yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

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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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Presented Online | Museum in Washington, DC Exploring Space Lectures
April 20, 2017 | 8:00pm

Juno: Mission to Jupiter

In this Exploring Space lecture, Scott Bolton will discuss the Juno orbiter's mission to understand the orgin and evolution of Jupiter. Free tickets are required. 

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