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Space on Tap
Thursday, October 24, 2019 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PMFree
4204 Main Street Brewing Co. Tap Room
6435 W. Main Street, Belleville, IL 62223 United States
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FREE and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members, middle and high school students welcome and encouraged to attend. Space is limited. Register below!
Two short talks on science, trivia in the middle, and soft drinks, beer, and food available for purchase the whole time!
Featured Topics and Speakers:
Mapping Many Million Rocks: Site Selection with OSIRIS-REx at Bennu
Speaker: Pamela Gay, Ph.D., American astronomer, educator, podcaster, and writer; Senior Education and Communication Specialist and Senior Scientist, Planetary Science Institute; co-host, Astronomy Cast; 2012 Outstanding St. Louis Science Educator, The Academy of Science – St. Louis
Right now, a little spacecraft called OSIRIS-REx is orbiting in ever smaller circles around the asteroid Bennu as it works to find a safe place to grab a sample from the surface. The problem is, Bennu is a rubble pile of unexpected complexity, and smooth areas to land just don’t exist. Learn about how the mission is relying on everyday people to help them map the million or so rocks that cover Bennu as scientists look for a safe place to sample and scientifically interesting places to explore.
Cold Origins: NASA’s Stardust Mission To *And From!* Comet Wild 2
Speaker: Ryan Ogliore, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physics, Department of Physics, Washington University in St. Louis
NASA’s audacious Stardust mission returned dust from a comet and returned it to Earth for laboratory study. I will discuss what we have learned about the formative years of our Solar System from studying these samples using the most powerful microscopes on Earth.
Space on Tap is a special presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the NASA JPL Solar System Ambassadors Program in partnership with 4204 Main Street Brewing Co. Banquet and Events, Taproom, and Distribution Center.