Dragon*Con: Space Track

I’m visiting the DragonCon Space Track for one panel on Friday; check my schedule for the other tracks I’ll be at during DragonCon 2012.

To Boldly Go – Where?

Friday, August 31: 11:30am-12:30pm
Hilton 203, 2nd floor

Panel & audience discussion on where our next step into space should be. The Moon? Mars? The Asteriods?

My co-panelists have solid Rocket Scientist credentials to draw on for this panel. Kim Steadman is a long-time scientist with the Cassini-Huygens Mission to Saturn who also worked on the getting rovers safely onto the Martian surface, and A.C. Charania is a specialist at getting things into space with his leadership roles at Generation Orbit Launch Services & SpaceWorks. Not in the program, but certainly on the panel, is academic Stephen Fleming, with an extremely long history of involvement in space policy and venture investments. I’ll be playing the role of Rocket Surgeon on how we’ve explored the “What if?” aspects of space exploration (…and maybe pulling a tiny bit from my days of working science policy in DC for public perceptions of exploration). This should be a lively way to kick off the convention, and I do hope we get some robotics specialists, planetary scientists, and big dreamers from the audience participate!

Fermi Paradox – Where Are Our Cosmic Neighbors?

Monday, September 3: 4:00pm-5:00pm
Hilton 203, 2nd floor

We celebrate our 5th year of Space Track with a fun discussion of THE question – Where IS Everyone? We’ll enjoy LN2 ice cream to say goodbye to 2012

I will not be at this panel! Although I was originally scheduled to be here gossiping about prospective aliens, I need to catch a flight to the West Coast. So go on, enjoy the ice cream, hassle Scott Edgington (JPL planetary scientist), Dr. Pamela L. Gay (astronomy podcaster), and Les Johnson (NASA scientist & fiction author), and let me know how it goes!

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