Past Schedules

2010 DRAGON*CON SPACE TRACK SCHEDULE
** some panels/times might change **

10:00am – 11:00am
Constellation Project Rockets: Ares I & Ares V 

by James Owens

203   (Hilton)

The rockets that were to bring men back to the Moon. New policy has scraped the project. What happens to this $9B technology? Can anything be saved?
11:30am – 12:30pm
Whatever Happened to My Space Program? 

by Stephen Fleming & Michael Mealling

203   (Hilton)

The cancellation of the Constellation Project is good for sci-fi geeks who actually want to see exploration of space.
11:30am – 3:30pm
LIVE SOLAR TELESCOPE 

by Steve Ramsden

3rd floor pool area (Hilton)

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(Weather Permitting)
1:00pm – 2:00pm
History of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory  

by Scott Edgington, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

One of NASA’s best known facilities has an interesting history. Pageants, socials, sports teams and ‘Scientology’?! Oh yes, and some great science.
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Van Allen Belts – Get Your Radiation Here 

by Richard Altstatt

203   (Hilton)

Discovered in the 50’s, our Earth is encompassed in a field of radiation. It plays havoc with satellites and any ‘body’ leaving low Earth orbit.
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Mars: Science From Above – The Orbiters & HiRISE  

by Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

Orbiting Mars, Express, Odyssey & especially, Reconnaissance, with its HiRISE camera, all have made significant discoveries & taken amazing pictures.
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Satellites for Everyone: Nano-Satellite Revolution 

by A.C. Charania

203   (Hilton)

A satellite weighing 22lbs or less? Satellites in a swarm?? A ‘mother’ satellite? All a part of the ‘revolution’ of the satellite industry.
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Space Trivia! 

by John Bradford, Ph.D, Pamela Gay, Ph.D & Others

203   (Hilton)

Do you know a lot about space & astronomy? Are you good with trivia? Think you know more than our experts? Here’s where you can test your knowledge!
8:30pm – 9:30pm
Nuts, Bolts, Gloves & Satellite Parts  

by C. Les Johnson

203   (Hilton)

Space Junk! How we got to where we are today & what we might be able to do to clean up Space around the Earth.
10:00pm – 11:00pm
Hanny & The Mystery of the Voorwerp 

by Pamela Gay, Ph.D, William C. Keel, Ph.D,
Fraser Cain & Student Illustrators – Chris Spangler & Elea Braasch

Crystal Ballroom
(Hilton – Lobby Level)

Who’s Hanny? What’s a Voorwerp? How’s Hubble involved? See the WORLD RELEASE of the GRAPHIC NOVEL that explains it all. We’ll have music. We’ll have giveaways. We’ll have door prizes (think 4 foot posters of some of the comic’s art). We’ll have THE GRAPHIC NOVEL! Like costumes? We’re having a ‘Dress Like a Voorwerp’ costume contest (think green). We’re throwing in some space science as well since, really, that’s why we’re all here!
11:30pm – 3:00am
LIVE ASTRONOMY!! 

by William C. Keel, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

Join Dr. Keel late night in ‘Live TeleAstronomy’ – you in GA – the telescope in Chile!
Saturday 09-04-2010  |
10:00am – 11:00am
Quantum Quest! A Cassini Space Odyssey  

203   (Hilton)

Not into the Parade? Come enjoy & learn some cool science in this animated movie with an all star voice cast, done in conjunction with NASA.
11:30am – 12:30pm
Rise of the Space Start-Ups 

by Stephen Fleming & Michael Mealling

203   (Hilton)

New Space Policy effectively removes NASA from near Earth manned space flights & expects commercial space groups to fill the void. Can they do it?
11:30am – 3:30pm
LIVE SOLAR TELESCOPE 

by Stephen W. Ramsden

3rd floor pool area (Hilton)

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)
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Challenger Centers for Space Science Education 

by June Scobee Rodgers, Ph.D, Kevin J. Anderson, Rebecca Modesta & Loren Coleman

203   (Hilton)

In 1986 the Challenger Shuttle exploded and took the lives of its 7 astronauts; it also changed the lives of their families forever. For Commander Dick Scobee&39; wife June, that day was also the impetus for the beginning of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education. 24 years later with the Centers thriving, Dr. June Scobee Rodgers teams with husband & wife writers Kevin J. Anderson & Rebecca Modesta for a series of books geared to interest young adults in space science.
2:30pm – 3:30pm
James Marsters: Astronaut – The Story of Apollo 11 

by James Marsters

Crystal Ballroom
(Hilton – Lobby Level)

‘MoonShot’ – in a brilliant performance, Marsters IS Buzz Aldrin! A discussion on portraying a Living Legend in the most famous event in history.*** Important Note *** THIS PANEL IS SPECIFICALLY SPACE RELATED ONLY! Everyone is welcome but please be aware James Marsters will only be discussing his role as Buzz Aldrin and other issues related to the movie ‘MoonShot’.

James Marsters announced today that he has had to cancel his appearance at Dragon*Con 2010 due to filming commitments for the upcoming SyFy series ‘Three Inches’. This is unfortunate news for us the fans but we do wish James good luck and look forward to seeing him on our TV screens again in the near future.

4:00pm – 5:00pm
Our Solar System: 1 Star, 9 8 Planets & 168+ Moons  

by William Keel, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

You know all about our Solar System, right? WRONG! It’s NOT the Solar System of your youth & losing 1 planet is only the beginning.
5:30pm – 6:30pm
DAWN: Icy Asteroids & Ion Engines  

by Kevin Grazier, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

Ultra efficient engines, only 425kg of propellant, stops at Vesta & Ceres – all to shed new light on the early beginnings of our Solar System.
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Cassini: Saturn’s Rings & Moons & Things  

by Kim Steaman

203   (Hilton)

Cassini has been unveiling secrets of the Saturn system for 7 years. Discovered this year – ‘hot’ spots on Enceladus. Don’t you want to know more?
8:30pm – 9:30pm
This One Time, at JPL …  

by Trina Ray, Kim Steadman, Scott Edgington, Ph.D & Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

Add It Up: 5 JPL Scientists/Engineers + 4 hr flight + 2 days partying + 5 microphones + audience = ?? You Have To Be There To Find Out!
10:00pm – 11:00pm
Paradise Regained: The Re–greening of Planet Earth 

by C. Les Johnson

203   (Hilton)

What effect has modern civilization had on the planet & its ecological systems? Can the solar system’s resources be used for terrestrial benefit?
11:00pm – 3:00am
LIVE ASTRONOMY!! 

by William C. Keel, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

Join Dr. Keel late night in ‘Live TeleAstronomy’ – you in GA – the telescope in Chile!
Sunday 09-5-2010
10:00am – 11:00am
What Might Have Been & What’s Left?  

by James Owens

203   (Hilton)

Ares, Direct, Shuttle–Derived side–mounts – what might have been. Falcon 9, Delta IV, Atlas V – are what’s left. Did the government choose wrong?
11:30am – 12:30pm
What the President’s Space Policy Means to NASA & the USA  

by C. Les Johnson, Scott Edgington, Ph.D, Kriss Hougland, James Owens, John Bradford, Ph.D & A. C. Charania

203   (Hilton)

BIG changes are coming to the US Space Program. We’ve brought together representatives from the groups most affected to debate the good & the bad.
11:30am – 3:30pm
LIVE SOLAR TELESCOPE 

by Stephen W. Ramsden

3rd floor pool area (Hilton)

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)
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Space Scientists on TV 

by Pamela Gay, Ph.D, Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D,
C. Les Johnson & Fraser Cain

Podcasting Track Room; 202   (Hilton)

Our scientists hit the small screen this year! Discovery Channel, History Channel & Science Channel; they were all over TV. Did YOU see them?!    This is a joint panel with the Podcasting Track.
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Enabling Access to Space: Good & Bad Ideas  

by John Bradford, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

If NASA’s new direction keeps to the President’s plan, accessing space will be imperative for commercial space ventures.
2:30pm – 3:30pm
There Ain’t No STEALTH in Space!  

by Stephen Granade, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

Sci–Fi is big on invisibility for space ships. We’re here to tell you it can’t happen. You just can’t hide a ship in space!
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Tug of War: Story of Science & Engineering Finding a Happy Medium  

by Trina Ray & Kim Steadman

203   (Hilton)

Science or Engineering, each claim to be the most important area. We have 1 scientist & 1 engineer explaining how co–existence is the best idea.
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer: ISS & Particle Physics 

by Kriss Hougland

203   (Hilton)

The Tevatron & the LHC examine particles here on Earth; soon the ISS will be examining particles in space; most coming straight from the Sun.
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Mars: Planet Side Science – Spirit, Opportunity, Phoenix & Curiosity 

by Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

Spirit & Opportunity the girls are still going. Phoenix’s mission is complete. Curiosity’s story is still to be told. Science on Mars rages on.
8:30pm – 9:30pm
Voyager: 12,068 Days & Still Going 

by Trina Ray

203   (Hilton)

The twin Voyagers are leaving the Solar System & the Sun’s influence; the 1st man–made objects to do so. True interstellar travelers & our favorites.
10:00pm – 11:00pm
Great Space Observatories – 2010 Update  

by William C. Keel, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

Hubble, Chandra, Spitzer, WISE & Kepler – our eyes in space. The James Webb is awaiting its turn. And what are other Space Programs launching?
11:00pm – 3:00am
LIVE ASTRONOMY!! 

by William C. Keel, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

Join Dr. Keel late night in ‘Live TeleAstronomy’ – you in GA – the telescope in Chile!
Monday 09-06-2010  |
10:00am – 11:00am
Your Daughter Can Too 

by Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D, Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D, Trina Ray, Kim Steadman & Angelle Tanner, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

These women have successful careers in engineering & science. They can tell you how to help your daughters do the same.
11:30am – 12:30pm
Giants Among Us: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus & Neptune  

by Scott Edgington, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

4 gaseous giant planets dominate our Solar System but they are vastly different in many ways. We are finally learning some of their secrets.
11:30am – 3:30pm
LIVE SOLAR TELESCOPE 

by Stephen W. Ramsden

3rd floor pool area (Hilton)

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)
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Amateur Astronomy: From Beginnings to Spectacular Results 

by Richard Jakiel, Ph.D, Dan Llewellyn & Daniel Herron

203   (Hilton)

Love watching the night sky? You can be an amateur astronomer. From the backyard warriors to the ‘professional’ amateurs; astronomy takes in everyone.
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Kepler Telescope: Searching for a 2nd Earth  

by Angelle Tanner, Ph.D

203   (Hilton)

A year into its 3 year mission, the search for exo–Earths is going strong. Hear about Kepler’s early results. Is there an Earth 2?
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Space Track Wrap Up – Goodbye 2010  

by Space Track Staff

203   (Hilton)

Say good–bye to the Space Track. Tell rain what you liked, or didn’t like & make suggestions for 2011. Space Track is only as good as you all make it.