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Space exploration has provided tremendous benefits for humanity in the fields of science, technology, and engineering. With limited access to the exciting and challenging environment of space, ground-based analogs provide opportunities to address many of the key challenges of space missions while providing substantial immediate benefits on Earth today. Join Marc Shepanek from NASA’s Office of the Chief Health and Medical Officer to hear about testing sites on Earth — like the Australian National Antarctic Research Expeditions — that support work done on the International Space Station and beyond.

This program will be presented in-person in the Planetarium at the National Air and Space Museum in DC and will be streamed live on YouTube

ASL Interpretation will be provided and live captioning on YouTube. If you require another access service to fully participate or have any questions about accessibility, please contact To ensure the best experience, please try to contact us at your soonest convenience. 

Registration is required for in person attendance and encouraged for online viewing. 

Register to attend in person at the Museum in DC.

Register to attend online.

Lecture attendees are invited to arrive early at 7 pm to explore the second-floor galleries of the Museum, including the Kenneth C. Griffin Exploring the Planets Gallery and Destination Moon, prior to the lecture.

After the lecture, join us for stargazing outside the Museum until 10 pm (weather permitting).

About the 2023 Exploring Space Lecture Series 

Science fiction gives us a vision of human life throughout the solar system and the galaxy, but few worlds are truly habitable for people. The 2023 Exploring Space Lecture Series will examine the reality of living and working in space for years at a time. This story begins with remote bases on Earth and then looks outward to the International Space Station, future bases on the Moon and Mars, and the challenges of settlement on more distant worlds.View all programs in the series.

The Exploring Space Lecture Series is made possible by the generous support of Aerojet Rocketdyne and United Launch Alliance.

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How to attend

National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC

6th St. and Independence Ave SW. Washington, DC 20560