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Space Week at Trinity

Events to be held during National Space Week. Entry to all events is free.

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Humanity’s Exploration: From Outer to Inner Space

Dr. Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics, MIT

Date: October 11th
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Location: Schrodinger Lecture Theatre

Abstract:

In this talk, recent space science missions to Pluto and Jupiter as well as Earth observation missions of Spaceship Earth will be highlighted. For the future, humanity will become interplanetary, and is already aiming for Mars. We are closer to reaching the Red Planet with human explorers than we have ever been and space agencies, academia and industry are working right now on the technologies and missions that will enable human “boots on Mars” in the 2030s. We are currently testing advanced technologies for the next giant leaps of exploration with everything from advanced space suits and life support systems, to the first crops grown in space: the journey to Mars is already unfolding in tangible ways today for tomorrow.

A three-stage plan for space exploration will be highlighted – from missions close to Earth involving commercial partners and the International Space Station, advancing to missions in Earth–Moon orbit, or deep space, and finally moving on to Mars, where explorers will be practically independent from Spaceship Earth. The innovation required to achieve a human mission to Mars cuts across science, human exploration and technology. It builds on what has gone before, while driving the next advances.

The presentation concludes with an inclusive message on STEAMD (science-technology-engineering-arts-math-design) and the urgency to recruit the Mars Generation, including the artists, designers, poets and makers. About the speaker: Dava J. Newman is a former Deputy Administrator of NASA and Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Eventbrite - Humanity’s Exploration: From Outer to Inner Space Dr. Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Astronautics, MIT

Live Fast and Die Hard: Studies of Monster Stars at the European Southern Observatory (ESO)

Date: October 4th

Time: 19:30 - 21:00

Location: Schrodinger Lecture Theatre

Abstract

Stars eight times more massive than our Sun end their lives in dramatic supernova explosions but before dying, monster stars have tumultuous lives when they blow winds, suffer giant eruptions, and interact with companion stars. In his talk, Prof. Jose Groh will give an overview on the fast lives and evolution of the most massive stars in the Universe. He will also discuss the dramatic deaths of these monster stars and how they act as cosmic engines of the Universe.

Eventbrite -  Live Fast and Die Hard: Studies of Monster Stars at the European Southern Observatory (ESO)