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Astronomy & Space

Lecture/Seminar
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Look to the space-traveling future as Michael Summers, a professor of physics and astronomy at George Mason University, explores how the use of space resources could propel human colonization throughout the solar system in the coming decades and beyond.

Lecture/Seminar
Monday, April 12, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

The most expensive civilian scientific and technological program in U.S. history, Project Apollo symbolized the caliber of America’s capability in space exploration. On the 60th anniversary of the first human spaceflight, Smithsonian curator Teasel Muir-Harmony examines another aspect of the program: its role as a political strategy to foster a global community aligned with America’s Cold War interests.

Lecture/Seminar
Wednesday, April 14, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. ET

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku tells the story of the epic quest to ultimately tie all the forces in the universe together into one beautiful equation that can unlock the deepest mysteries of space and time.

Lecture/Seminar
Friday, April 23, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

The second law of thermodynamics states that the universe trends toward entropy and disorder. Physicist Julian Barbour offers an intriguing new viewpoint that the law has been misapplied and that the growth of order, not chaos, determines how we experience time.

Lecture/Seminar
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Inevitably, life on Earth will come to an end and humans may have to find a new home planet. Geneticist and computational biologist Christopher Mason argues that the human ingenuity that has enabled us to build rockets and land on other planets can be applied to redesigning biology that will allow us to inhabit other planets.