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Astronomy & Space Programs

Lecture/Seminar

Is God a Mathematician?

Thursday, October 13, 2022 - 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

From ancient times to the present scientists and philosophers have marveled at how such a seemingly abstract discipline as mathematics, which appears to have been a product of human thought, could so perfectly explain the natural world. In a fascinating presentation, astrophysicist Mario Livio explores why mathematics is a powerful lens through which to examine the cosmos.

Lecture/Seminar

Back to the Moon: The Next Giant Leap for Humankind

Tuesday, November 15, 2022 - 6:45 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET

Just over half a century since Neil Armstrong first stepped foot on the lunar surface, a new space race to the Moon is well underway and rapidly gaining momentum. Astrophysicist Joseph Silk addresses both the challenges and the promise of lunar exploration and exploitation, emphasizing how prioritizing science, in particular lunar astronomy, will enable us to address the deepest cosmic mysteries and discover unimagined opportunities.

Lecture/Seminar

A Traveler's Guide to the Stars: The Possibilities of Interstellar Exploration

Friday, December 9, 2022 - 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. ET

The age-old dream of venturing forth into the cosmos and even colonizing distant worlds may one day become a reality. Physicist, author, and NASA technologist Les Johnson reveals the physics and technologies that may enable us to reach the stars.