2015 (tentative) Space Track Schedule!!

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What You’ve Been Waiting For!!! – the 2015 (tentative) Space Track Schedule is HERE!
(and now updated!!)

FRIDAY

Friday, 10:00am, Pool Deck (Hilton 3rd Floor) – Solar Telescope – See the closest star to planet Earth; prominences, sunspots, maybe even a solar flare! Live, in all its glory – it’s our SUN! (Weather Permitting) ** Stephen Ramsden is BACK!!**
(solar astronomers: Stephen Ramsden & Ben Jenkins)

Friday, 10:00am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – New Horizons: Pluto + 2 Months – Pluto has a HEART and this ‘once upon a time’ planet keeps wowing scientists & the world with every new download of information!
(guest: Scott Edgington, Ph.D)

Friday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – 25 Years of Hubble & the Great Space Telescopes – At 25 Hubble still gives amazing images/info of our universe. The number of space telescopes has dwindled but some new land scopes are even better!
(guest: Bill Keel, Ph.D)

Friday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – The Future of Private Human Exploration Companies – Private human exploration companies have big plans & not just bringing humans to NEO! Humans to orbit, the moon, to asteroids & soon spacediving!
(guest: Richard ‘Lord British’ Garriott de Cayeux)

Friday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – James Webb Space Telescope – ‘Hubble’s Replacement’ the JWST will study every phase of our Universe’s history. On its launch in 2018, it will be the next Great Observatory.
(guest: Laura Burns)

Friday, 4:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Beyond Chemical Rockets – Chemical rockets have been/are the only method we have to escape Earth orbit but we need something more efficient/less expensive to truly expand human reach.
(guest: Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux)

Friday, 5:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – A Year of Cassini Revelations – 11 years exploring the Saturn system. Can’t be much else to learn? Wrong! Try hydrothermal vents on Enceladus & Cassini views Pluto as a start!
(guest: Trina Ray)

Friday, 7:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Venus: Earth’s Wicked Planetary Twin – Venus our planetary twin? 870° F! Atmosphere: carbon monoxide & sulfuric acid! Crushing pressure. No water! Venus, the wicked twin!
(guest: Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D)

Friday, 8:30pm, Crystal Ballroom (Hilton) – Von Braun’s Dream – Early NASA rode on the vision of German scientist, Werner Von Braun. He dreamed big & shared his vision with the world. See what could have been!
(guests: Les Johnson & Sam Ortega)

Friday, 10:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – The Universe is a Sponge & Dark Matter Holds It Together – New models of our universe reveal galaxies lie in sheets & filaments with a geometry like a sponge. All held together by that mysterious dark matter!
(guest: Roy Kilgard, Ph.D)

Friday, 11:30 pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Live Astronomy!! – An astronomical tour of the universe via ‘TeleAstronomy’ from our Solar System to galaxies far, far away via large telescopes in AZ & Chile.
(astronomers: Bill Keel, Ph.D & Roy Kilgard, Ph.D)

SATURDAY

Saturday, 10:00am, Pool Deck (Hilton 3rd Floor) – Solar Telescope – See the closest star to planet Earth; prominences, sunspots, maybe even a solar flare! Live, in all its glory – it’s our SUN! (Weather Permitting) ** Stephen Ramsden is BACK!!**
(solar astronomers: Stephen Ramsden & Ben Jenkins)

Saturday, 10:00am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – A Universe of Strange Planets & Their Equally Strange Stars – Astronomers are discovering planets at a fast & furious pace. What a collection they are! Stars & planets many scientists didn’t believe possible!
(guests: Pamela Gay, Ph.D & Nicole Gugliucci, Ph.D)

Saturday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Ceres – Surprises & Mysteries of a Dwarf Planet – The largest asteroid/dwarf planet in the asteroid belt has scientists excited but puzzled. What are those white spots? There is much to learn!
(guest: Kevin Grazier, Ph.D)

Saturday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Asteroid Mining With Deep Space Industries – Asteroid mining offers HUGE rewards! The problem? We don’t yet have the technology to do asteroid mining. Deep Space Industries is working on that.
(guest: Stephen Covey)

Saturday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – The Europa Mission – ‘All These Worlds Are Yours Except Europa. Attempt No Landing There.’ We’re not landing but we ARE going & mission specialists will talk about it.
(guests: Trina Ray & Scott Edgington, Ph.D)

Saturday, 4:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – NASA’s Near Earth Asteroid & Lunar Flashlight Program – CubeSats & solar sails! NASA makes use of both on missions to asteroids & the Moon, paving new paths to more affordable robotic science & exploration.
(guest: Les Johnson)

Saturday, 5:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Super Earths & Red Dwarfs – New research indicates that super earths, especially around red dwarf stars, are possibly better than earth sized for sustaining life!
(guest: Bill Keel, Ph.D)

Saturday, 7:00pm, Crystal Ballroom (Hilton) – 3,..2,..1… Commercial Space IS Launching – Commercial space is popping up all over in all kinds of enterprises. It’s tough to keep up but we’ll try with all the news & updates we can fit in!
(guests: Stephen Fleming, John Bradford, Ph.D, AC Charania, Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux, & Shae Williams, Ph.D)

Saturday, 8:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – How to Grow Your Black Hole – Black holes need to eat to grow & their appetites can be voracious! Maybe too big for their galaxy! What do they eat? What happens to what they eat?
(guest: Roy Kilgard, Ph.D)

Saturday, 10:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – All Things Space: A Q & A Session – This Q & A with our Space Scientists was so much fun last year we decided to do it again! Starting thinking of your questions now!!
(guests: Les Johnson, AC Charania, Scott Edgington, Ph.D, Nicole Gugliucci, Ph.D, & Shae Williams, Ph.D)

Saturday, 11:30 pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Live Astronomy!! – An astronomical tour of the universe via ‘TeleAstronomy’ from our Solar System to galaxies far, far away via large telescopes in AZ & Chile.
(astronomers: Bill Keel, Ph.D & Roy Kilgard, Ph.D)

SUNDAY

Sunday, 10:00am, Pool Deck (Hilton 3rd Floor) – Solar Telescope – See the closest star to planet Earth; prominences, sunspots, maybe even a solar flare! Live, in all its glory – it’s our SUN! (Weather Permitting) ** Stephen Ramsden is BACK!!**
(solar astronomers: Stephen Ramsden & Ben Jenkins)

Space Track Spends A Day With MARS!

Sunday, 10:00am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Researching Mars: Orbiters & Landers – Mars is rather crowded for a barren planet! Earth technology is everywhere. On the ground & in the air how does this fleet work together?
(guests: Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D & Kim Steadman)

Sunday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – A Beginners Guide to Mars Radiation – Mars has an atmosphere. Can it offer any protection to our orbiters/rovers or humans? What’s been the effect of radiation on Mars?
(guest: Richard “Hawk” Altstatt)

Sunday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Opportunity – To Marathon and Beyond – How do you operate a rover built to last 90 days, which is still going 11 years later!? You have it do a marathon with science stops along the way!
(guest: Kim Steadman)

Sunday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Why We Can’t Go to Mars – YET! – Can humans survive long term in space? We don’t know but we do already know of some medical concerns. Can we, should we, risk going to Mars yet?
(guest: Stephen Fleming)

Sunday, 4:00pm, Crystal Ballroom (Hilton) – Mars: Discussion of Human Mars Exploration Plans & Dreams – Mars One. Expedition Mars. Mars Society. Explore Mars Inc. NASA. Plans for sending humans to Mars abound, how real are they? When/Will we really go?
(guests: Les Johnson, Kim Steadman, Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D & Dr. Douglas Talk)

Sunday, 5:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Sleeping Your Way to Mars – Progress update on human stasis research to support Mars missions and colonization of the red planet!
(guests: John Bradford, Ph.D & Dr. Douglas Talk)

Sunday, 7:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Seeking Signs of Ancient Life on Mars – The most basic reason of our study of Mars is the search for signs life. What have our orbiters/rovers told us & what will Mars 2020 look for?
(guest: Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D)

Sunday, 8:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Curiosity – Postcards from Mt Sharp – Curiosity has passed 1000 sols is exploring Mt Sharp. How is she performing? What have we learned? Science & operational/engineering updates.
(guests: Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D & Kim Steadman)

Sunday, 10:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Making the First Martian: Human Development in Space – For long-term settlements on the moon & beyond to succeed, reproduction is essential. What are issues of pregnancy in space/on another planet? **MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY ** (FYI – This is still a SCIENCE talk & I will NOT allow it to degenerate into something lascivious. You WILL be removed if you persist in trying)
(guest: Dr. Douglas Talk)

Sunday, 11:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Sex in Space – The mental/social/psychological difficulties of mixed crews on long term missions. Has sex in space happened yet? Discussion on an intimate subject. **MATURE AUDIENCES ONLY ** (FYI – This is still a SCIENCE talk & I will NOT allow it to degenerate into something lascivious. You WILL be removed if you persist in trying)
(guest: Dr. Douglas Talk)

Sunday/Monday, 12:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Live Astronomy!! – An astronomical tour of the universe via ‘TeleAstronomy’ from our Solar System to galaxies far, far away via large telescopes in AZ & Chile.
(astronomers: Bill Keel, Ph.D & Roy Kilgard, Ph.D)

MONDAY

Monday, 9:00 – 11:00am, Crystal Ballroom (Hilton) – Kids’ Space Workshop – Space is Cool! Space is FUN! And we know how to show you! It’s space science playtime!
(guests: Laura Burns & Sam Ortega)

Monday, 10:00am, Pool Deck (Hilton 3rd Floor) – Solar Telescope – See the closest star to planet Earth; prominences, sunspots, maybe even a solar flare! Live, in all its glory – it’s our SUN! (Weather Permitting) ** Stephen Ramsden is BACK!!**
(solar astronomers: Stephen Ramsden & Ben Jenkins)

Monday, 10:00am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – We LANDED on a Comet! – Rosetta/Philae took the long way chasing down that comet. It wasn’t easy but they not only caught up to it, they landed on it! Ride that comet Philae!
(guest: Scott Edgington, Ph.D & Trina Ray)

Monday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – The Moon? Mars? An Asteroid? Where Do We Go Next? – What’s next for humans? Geosynchronus Space? Robotic Moon mining? Off world colonies? Do we reach far or stay near? Why?
(guest: Pamela Gay, Ph.D)

Monday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Satellites Old & New: What They Can & Can’t Do – The launch of Sputnik, the 1st satellite, was the real start of the ‘space age’. Now, life as we know it could not exist without them!
(guest: John Bradford, Ph.D, Laura Burns, AC Charania, Nick Eftimiades, Sam Ortega & Shae Williams, Ph.D)

Monday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Space In 2050 – Space people think/dream BIG! We’ll ask ‘how big’? Our experts & fans will discussion their predictions for our future in space.
(guest: Richard “Hawk” Altstatt, Mika McKinnon, Trina Ray & Shae Williams, Ph.D)