Astro Lunch Talks
Wednesdays, 11:45am-1:00pm, 76-1275 Carlson Learning Center.
Topics will be emailed prior to the talk. Please contact Ben Sargent for more information.
Upcoming Talk Details
Date/Time: April 15, 12:00pm 76-1275
Speaker: Kevin Cooke
TITLE: Space Exploration After The Space Shuttle
ABSTRACT: After more than 3 years without independent capability to put astronauts into space, America is reaching a turning point. From new designs to descendants of the space shuttle, the goal of this presentation is to explain this crossroads and the vehicles and missions of the future. NASA’s investments in the private space industry are enabling new multi-billion dollar empires to be formed, serving not only the US but countries around the world. Companies such as SpaceX, Orbital ATK, Boeing, and Sierra Nevada all compete to line up buyers for their 21st century spacecraft. As low Earth orbit is turning into a highway above, NASA is focusing on deep space exploration. From plans to put a man on Mars to wrangling an asteroid into lunar orbit, grandiose plans in paradoxically tight economic times are igniting imaginations and starting new technological research. Such projects include the Space Launch System, the largest rocket yet designed. With manned missions around the moon already being scheduled, we’ll discuss the resurgence of the final frontier and just what to expect to see soaring above your heads.
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