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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

Brooklyn native Brian Levine fell in love with astronomy in no small part due to the Hayden Planetarium. He studied astrophysics in high school and college, did some extra-galactic research, and planned for a scholarly career.  And then realized he also enjoyed teaching and public engagement. He is now a Manager of Youth Programs in the Education department here, and loves presenting about astronomy and inspiring people of all ages!

Emily Rice headshot

Emily Rice is an astronomy professor at the City University of New York. Emily studies the atmospheric properties of low mass astronomical bodies and has become well known for her astronomy-related public outreach projects. She is the co-founder of an astro-centric fashion blog titled the STARtorialist, a host for the public outreach series Astronomy on Tap, a parody video creator, and a current research associate for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.


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

Select Hayden Planetarium Programs are sponsored by JetBlue.