2012 Space Track Schedule!

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2012 Space Track Schedule

FRIDAY

Friday, 10:00am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Astronomical Tourism – Space tourism is in the future but land-based is full of options! See space hardware, observatories w/viewing programs & a guestbook signed by Elvis!
(guest: Bill Keel)

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)
(solar astronomer: Stephen W. Ramsden)

Friday, 11:30am, Crystal Ballroom (Hilton) – Rocket City Rednecks – Real rocket scientists use redneck ingenuity to attempt creative solutions for real-world problems, like using junkyard parts to build alternate energy sources. A screening and Q&A
(guests: Dr. Travis Taylor, Rog Jones, & Charles Taylor)

Friday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – To Boldly Go – Where? – Panel & audience discussion on where our next step into space should be. The Moon? Mars? The Asteroids?
(guests: A. C. Charania, Kim Steadman, Mika McKinnon, Stephen Fleming)

Friday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Stellar Consciousness – Stars are amazing! They have mass & energy flows that dwarf anything on a planet. They live for billions of years. Could they possess consciousness?
(guests: Dr. Greg Matloff)

Friday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Leaving The Solar System: Pioneers, Voyagers & New Horizons – Voyager 1 is likely in Interstellar Space & Voyager 2 isn’t far behind. The Pioneers & New Horizons will also say good-bye to the solar system.
(guest: Trina Ray)

Friday, 4:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – What Happens If We Lose Our Satellites? – We are satellite dependent! What if somebody/something took them all out? Who would be hurt most & hurt least? We do have backup plans …right?
(guest: Les Johnson, Greg Matloff)

Friday, 5:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Suomni-NPP and the Joint Polar Satellite System – Orbiting about 14 times a day, providing striking new insights into aspects of Earth, such as its clouds, oceans, vegetation, ice, and atmosphere.
(guests: Laura A. Burns)

Friday, 7:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – A Spaceman’s Vision of the Space Industry’s Future – Son of an astronaut, his H.S. science teacher was the wife of an astronaut & he himself spent a week in space. A man with a unique view of space.
(guest: Richard Garriott )

Friday, 8:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Real Stars – Stranger Then Kardashians! – So many kinds of stars! 78° Brown dwarfs. Hyper velocity blue giant stragglers. Even stars so massive they verge on tearing themselves apart!
(guest: Bill Keel)

Friday, 10:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – It IS Rocket Science! A Lunar Base Workshop – Let’s design a lunar base! Issues real mission designers would face: ship design, logistics, food, water, air, propulsion, radiation shielding, etc.
(guest: Les Johnson, Stephanie Osborn )

Friday, 11:15pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Space Track Authors – Track Guests read from their own books – Les Johnson will do a reading from his new Sci-fi anthology, ‘Going Interstellar’!
(guest: Les Johnson)

Friday, 11:30 pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Live Astronomy!! – Live Astronomy! See the universe as we use large telescopes in Kitt Peak & Chile in our late night ‘TeleAstronomy’. Tell us what YOU want to see.
(astronomers: Bill Keel, Ph.D)

SATURDAY

Saturday, 10:00am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Beginnings of the Space Age – Not into the parade? Bring your coffee & bagel & enjoy some space history. 3 JPL videos: ‘American Rocketeer’, ‘Explorer One’ & ‘Destination Moon’.
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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)
(solar astronomer: Stephen W. Ramsden)

Saturday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Space Science For Kids & Young Adults – Science is FUN & space science is even better! But it must be taught that way. How to do that? There are loads of resources to help – we’ll show you!
(guest: Laura A. Burns, Nicole Gugliucci )

Saturday, 1:00pm, Centennial I (Hyatt) – Capt. William Shepherd: The 1st ISS Commander – Hanny’s Voorwerp discovery keeps yielding new research & new science discoveries. Like the original, a graphic anthology was done & is free to all!
(guest: Captain William Shepherd )

Saturday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Air Launch of Satellite Payloads – From StratoVentures to Virgin Galactic to the DARPA ALASA program, multiple air-launch ventures are in the pipeline.
(guest: A. C. Charania )

Saturday, 2:30pm, Hanover G (Hyatt) – Remote Visions: The Science and Prescience of Space Art – Examination of works by great artists of this subject matter, discussing their scientific feasibility & their emotional dimensions.(** This is a joint panel between Space Track & Art Track **)
(guest: Mark Zug, C Bangs, Greg Matloff)

Saturday, 4:00pm, Regency V (Hyatt) – Evolution of a Space Station – From SkyLab to the ISS – A discussion of ‘Space Stations’ from the viewpoint of an Apollo/SkyLab Flight Controller & the first International Space Station Commander.
(guests: June Scobee Rodgers(M), Captain William Shepherd, Sy Liebergot (WorldCon))

Saturday, 5:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Advanced Space Propulsion 101 – Ion drives. Solar Sails. Nuclear. Fission. Fusion. Ram jets! We want the stars! What propulsion systems might someday bring us to them?
(guest: Les Johnson)

Saturday, 7:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Jupiter: Friend or Foe? – The Kepler Telescope may be beyond repair but with only 132 planets confirmed & 3,216 more prospects – Kepler’s legacy is resounding success!
(guests: Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D & Nicole Gugliucci, Ph.D)

Saturday, 8:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – The Higgs Boson & The Mystery of Dark Matter – Gamma Found-the ‘god particle’! But what is it? Why’s it such a big deal? And what does have to do with the ‘mysterious’ dark matter?
(guest: Dr. Stephen Granade)

Saturday, 10:00pm, Crystal Ballroom (Hilton) – The Kevin & Phil Show – Space Track’s comedy duo! Topical, engaging, informative & always funny! Whatever the subject, you don’t want to miss it!
(guests: Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D & Phil Plait, Ph.D)

Saturday, 10:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Spying On the Solar System – Latest From the Probes – Our Solar System is a busy place & we’ve got probes trying to see all they can. Updates on Messenger, WISE, Dawn, Juno, LCross, GRAIL, NuStar, etc.
(guests: Nicole Gugliucci )

Saturday, 11:15 pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Space Track Authors – Track Guests read from their own books – Kevin Grazier will read selections from his books!
(astronomers: Kevin R. Grazier)

Saturday, 11:30 pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Live Astronomy!! – Live Astronomy! See the universe as we use large telescopes in Kitt Peak & Chile in our late night ‘TeleAstronomy’. Tell us what YOU want to see.
(astronomers: Bill Keel, Ph.D)

SUNDAY

Sunday, 09:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – NASA Themed Robotics Workshop – It’s play time on the Space Track! We’ll have some NASA provided robotics kits & people to help you build. Fun for kids and adults!
(guest: Steve Csori, Steve Francis)

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)
(solar astronomer: Stephen W. Ramsden)

Sunday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Challenger Centers for Space Science Education – After the Challenger tragedy the crew’s families took up the mission’s education theme & created places where learning about science space IS FUN!!
(guest: June Scobee Rodgers, Richard Garriott)

Sunday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Earth Without a Moon – Our Moon has been cast in many roles during human existence & exerts a real influence on our planet. But what would Earth be like WITHOUT our Moon?
(guests: Dr. Pamela L. Gay)

Sunday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – I Can’t Believe They Did That S!#t in Space! – As humans reached for space they came up with wild research ideas. Learn about some of the crazy programs from the time when space research was new.
(guest: Dr. John E. Bradford)

Sunday, 4:00pm, Regency V (Hyatt) – Asteroid Mining – Mining for metals & other substances can destroy the ecology of our Earth. Why do that when there are huge resources floating around in space?
(guest: Richard Garriott, Les Johnson, Panelist: Stephen Fleming; Story Musgrave(WorldCon), Sy Liebergot (WorldCon), Dr. June Scobee Rodgers (M))

Sunday, 5:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Those Weird Extra Solar Planets! – Kepler has found over 2300 exo-planets & doing so has completely changed theories regarding planet formation! There’s some strange planets out there!
(guests: Scott Edgington)

Sunday, 7:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Curious About Curiosity & Opportunity at 3000 Sols – If Curiosity survived its descent to the surface, we will already have some great science from it, joining the surviving MER who is into her 7th year!
(guest: Kim Steadman)

Sunday, 8:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Commercial Space Update – The Dragon Has Landed! – Commercial Space is FLYING! SpaceX docked w/ISS, the 1st non-government craft to do so. XCor, Orbital & Sierra Nevada, etc. are not far behind!
(guest: Stephen Fleming, Michael Mealling, Ethan Chew)

Sunday, 10:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Space Geeks – Time was when scientists traced early interest to reading SF classics; is this still true? How common is it for scientists to remain readers/viewers?
(guest: Johnson, Phil Plait, Bill Keel, Dr. Pamela L. Gay)

Sunday, 11:15pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Space Track Authors – We debut the new graphic novel/activity book & do readings from the short stories in the book.
(guest: Dr. Pamela L. Gay & Dr. William Keel)

Sunday, 11:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Live Astronomy!! – Live Astronomy! See the universe as we use large telescopes in Kitt Peak & Chile in our late night ‘TeleAstronomy’. Tell us what YOU want to see.
(astronomers: Bill Keel, Ph.D)

MONDAY

Monday, 10:00am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Solar Maximum – Danger Looms 8 Minutes Away – Our Star gives us life but as its 11 year cycle reaches possibly its strongest maximum in 100 years, what kind of damage can it do?
(guest: Stephen W. Ramsden)

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)
(solar astronomer: Stephen W. Ramsden)

Monday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Introducing CosmoQuest – More Citizen Science on the web! Building a community that recreates an academic & research facility. Doing open science in an open-source way.
(guests: Phil Plait, Dr. Pamela L. Gay)

Monday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Cassini: Year 8 & Still Amazing! – Cassini has been showing us the Saturn system for a long time now but it’s still astounding us. Cassini scientists give updates & answer questions.
(guest: Trina Ray, Kim Steadman, Scott Edgington)

Monday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – NASA Cuts – What Are We Losing Now? – Whenever there’s a budget crisis seems the first thing cut is the NASA budget. Even at only .5% of the total Federal budget it’s taking a hit again.
(guest: Dr. John E. Bradford, Stephen Fleming, James Schier)

Monday, 4:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Neil Armstrong Tribute & 5 Years of Space Track – We honor the man to walk on the Moon & celebrate our 5th year of Space Track with LN2 ice cream & say goodbye to 2012.
(guest: Space Track Volunteers)