Lectures and Special Events
Orion First Flight Launch Viewing Event
December 4, 2014
Experience the thrill of the next step in human space exploration as NASA’s new Orion spacecraft launches on its inaugural test flight on December 4, 2014! Join Curator Denton Ebel for a live-stream viewing of Orion’s re-entry into Earth's atmosphere after a test flight. Learn about the possibilities of bold human missions to the far side of the Moon, to near-Earth asteroids, and eventually to Mars – missions that will excite the imagination.
The first step in America’s next giant leap in human space-flight is called Exploration Flight Test-1. During this four-hour unmanned mission, Orion will travel 3,600 miles above Earth’s surface--fifteen times farther than the orbit of the International Space Station. At the conclusion of the mission, Orion will reenter the Earth’s atmosphere at 20,000 mph, before splashing down in the Pacific Ocean.
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November 7, 2016
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November 10, 2016
Join Dr. Justin Rubinstein, deputy chief of the Induced Seismicity Project at the United States Geological Survey, as he discusses this new breed of human-caused earthquakes.
November 19, 2016
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November 20, 2016
Discover how programmers and scientists are working together to mine the Museum’s library database, unlocking new ways to visualize and understand stacks of archives. Hear first-hand accounts from the data trenches, and find out what hackers can really create in 24 hours.