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Current Space Exploration Missions

Part of Astronomy Live

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Solar probe in space with sun in background Credit: NASA/Johns-Hopkins/APL-Steve-Gribben

Explore the latest and greatest highlights of ongoing space missions in our solar system and beyond! Emily Rice and Brian Levine take you on a trip to the Sun with the Parker Solar Probe, then travel to the far edges of space with New Horizons and Voyager 2, and check out different nations' plans for future missions to explore everything in between.

In 2020, the Museum is celebrating the legacy of Charles Hayden, whose vision made the Hayden Planetarium possible and brought the universe to New York City.

Please note: There is no late seating in the Hayden Planetarium Space Theater. Guests arriving after the program starts will not be permitted to enter the dome.

Meet the Presenters

Brian Levine headshot

Brian Levine has been an educator and administrator, and his day job is as youth programs manager in the Education Department here at the American Museum of Natural History.  He has loved astronomy since he was young and counts visits to the Hayden Planetarium as a major influence. In high school, he took his first astronomy course which led to a bachelors in Astrophysics, and included studies in cosmology and extragalactic astronomy, and the beginnings of doing astronomy outreach.  Recently, he was awarded a Masters of Science Education in Free-Choice Learning from Oregon State, and is also the Vice President of the NYC Museum Educators Roundtable.  In his spare time he loves to travel, cook, and also produces, hosts, and presents at the Astronomy on Tap series at a bar in Brooklyn, and is often at other informal science events around New York City.

Emily Rice headshot

Emily Rice is a professor at the Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New York and a resident research associate in Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. She co-leads the research group Brown Dwarfs in New York City, studying low mass stars, brown dwarfs, and giant exoplanets. She is also co-founder of the STARtorialist astro-fashion blog and soon-to-be online shop, runs HQ for the international network of Astronomy on Tap public outreach events, and occasionally "moonlights" as DJ Carly Sagan.


Support for Hayden Planetarium Programs is provided by the Horace W. Goldsmith Endowment Fund.

Select Hayden Planetarium Programs are sponsored by JetBlue.