2014 Space Track Schedule

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Okay Space Track Fans – the 2014 Space Track Schedule here!

FRIDAY

Friday, 10:00am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Top Astronomical Stories of the Year – Our Sun’s sibling found! The universe is older than we thought! Comets! What were the biggest astronomical stories in the past year?
(guest: Fraser Cain, Nancy Atkinson, Elizabeth Howell)

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 has a commitment in Canada this Labor Day and can’t be with us. We couldn’t NOT have solar astronomy though! Rob is a long time Space Track volunteer who has assisted Stephen for many years and will fill in admirably.
(solar astronomer: Robert Moore)

Friday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – A Universe of Photobombs – Photobombing may be the latest social craze but the Universe is full of these, and they are often informative and highly sought-after by astronomers.
(guests: Bill Keel)

Friday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Human Stasis – Out of the Realm of Science Fiction – A stable of the sci-fi genre & a much desired technology to aid human spaceflight. Award winner of NASA’s Institute for Advanced Concepts Program.
(guests: Dr. John E. Bradford, Douglas Wayne Talk)

Friday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Nuclear Rockets: Sustainable In-System Transportation System – Nuclear rockets have been seen as the best method of propulsion available to our current technology. It’s also the most controversial.
(guest: Richard “Hawk” Altstatt)

Friday, 4:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – 11 Months to Pluto With New Horizons – Just the fifth probe to traverse interplanetary space so far from the sun & the first ever to travel to Pluto.
(guest: Scott Edgington, Ph.D)

Friday, 5:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Mars – The ‘Not Dead Yet’ Planet – Despite common description, Mars is an active planet with moving dunes, seasonal dry ice geysers, & possibly briny water trickling across the surface.
(guests: Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D)

Friday, 7:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Benefits of Commercial Space – From Grade Schools to Asteroid Mining – Commercial space groups are involved in everything from planning the mining of asteroids to launching cube satellite experiments for kids.
(guest: Nancy Atkinson(M), Richard Garriott, A. C. Charania, John E. Bradford, Ph.D, Shae Williams, Stephen Fleming)

Friday, 8:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Ceres – Largest Asteroid & Smallest Dwarf Planet – The only dwarf planet in the inner solar system, Ceres will be the 1st dwarf planet explored when Dawn arrives in early 2015 after exploring Vesta.
(guest: Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D)

Friday, 10:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Safe Is NOT An Option – Overcoming the futile obsession with getting everyone back alive that is killing our expansion into space.
(guest: Stephen Fleming)

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, 08:15am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – ‘Europa Report’ by Philip Gelatt – Prepare for 10am’s ‘Does Good Space Science Ruin Movies?’, by watching 1 of the movies in question – ‘Europa Report’.
(guest: Space Track Volunteers)

Saturday, 10:00am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Europa Report Vs Gravity: Does Good Space Science Ruin Movies? – Not into the Parade? Let’s discuss space science accuracy between 2 recent movies that promoted themselves by using it.
(guest: Space Track Volunteers)

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 has a commitment in Canada this Labor Day and can’t be with us. We couldn’t NOT have solar astronomy though! Rob is a long time Space Track volunteer who has assisted Stephen for many years and will fill in admirably.
(solar astronomer: Robert Moore)

Saturday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Greatest Astronomers You’ve Never Heard Of: History’s Women Astronomers – Our women talk about their favorite, but little known, female astronomers.
(guest: Laura A. Burns, Trina Ray, Kim Steadman, Erin Patricia MacDonald, Ph.D, Nicole Gugliucci, Ph.D, Ariel Waldman)

Saturday, 1:00pm, Crystal Ballroom (Hilton) – The Politics of Space – Space & politics are intrinsically intertwined; just recall the ’60’s ‘space race’. International events could drastically change our space program.
(guest: Richard Garriott, Les Johnson, Nick Eftimiades)

Saturday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Mercury – Secrets of the Planet Closest to the Sun – What we’ve learned from the Messenger probe in orbit around Mercury.
(guest: Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D)

Saturday, 4:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Working Girls on Mars: 10 Years of MERS & Curiosity’s 1st Martian Year – Mars has a history of hard working girls! Spirit, Opportunity, even Curiosity, JPL calls their ‘girls’ & their work has given us great discoveries!
(guests: Kim Steadman, Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D)

Saturday, 4:00pm, Chastain 1-2 (Westin) – When the Satellites Fail: A Modern Apocalypse – Without satellites civilization would descend into chaos. More than enhancing our lives, we depend on them. How might they fail, and does it matter? Joint programming with Apocalypse Rising.
(guests: Les Johnson)

Saturday, 5:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – NASA’s Sustainable Human Spaceflight Program – Our Congress requested recommendations for NASA to build a sustainable human spaceflight program. Hear what it says from a committee member.
(guest: Ariel Waldman)

Saturday, 7:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Space Tethers 101 – Learn the basics. Tethers can be used for propulsion, momentum exchange, stabilization & attitude control, or maintaining the relative position.
(guests: Les Johnson)

Saturday, 8:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Profitable Commercial Space Exploration is Upon Us – Space X & Planetary Resources are just the start. Commercial space companies are opening all over the country. Frequent launches = cheaper launches!
(guest: Richard Garriott)

Saturday, 10:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – The Kevin & Phil Show (the part of Phil Plait will be played by …) – Our comedy duo will have 1 replacement this year but they’ll still talking and riffing on your favorite space related topics.
(guests: Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D & Stephan Cass)

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, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – I Have the JPL ‘Split Mission Duties’ Blues – JPL offers a lot of various work opportunities but many employees work for multiple missions at the same time due to budgets or their own interests.
(guest: Kim Steadman)

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 has a commitment in Canada this Labor Day and can’t be with us. We couldn’t NOT have solar astronomy though! Rob is a long time Space Track volunteer who has assisted Stephen for many years and will fill in admirably.
(solar astronomer: Robert Moore)

Sunday, 10:00am, Atlanta West (Sheraton) – The Hands-On Science Power Hour – Give us an hour and we’ll give you a science buffet! We’ve got twelve hands-on experiments for you to try. How many can you do in an hour? (This is a joint event w/science aimed for kids)
(guest: Bill Keel,Ph.D, Pamela L. Gay,Ph.D, Sam Ortega)

Sunday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – The Saturnian System: An Awe Inspiring Diversity of Worlds – Called ‘The Jewel of the Solar System’, even after 10 years investigating around Saturn, there are still discoveries & surprises to be found.
(guest: Trina Ray)

Sunday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – 10 Years With Cassini in Stories & Pictures – We’ve had 10 years of glorious pictures & fabulous discoveries but those who shepherd the probe have 10 years hilarious stories!
(guests: Trina Ray, Kim Steadman, Sarah Milkovich,Ph.D, Scott Edgington, Ph.D)

Sunday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Chasing the Signal: Unlocking the Secrets of the First Galaxies – From the most remote places on Earth, teams of astronomers are chasing an elusive signal: a whisper of hydrogen from the very early Universe.
(guest: Nicole Gugliucci, Ph.D)

Sunday, 4:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – The Hierarchy of Black Holes – Black holes, the monsters of the universe! But black holes come in all sizes and serve a real purpose within our universe.
(guest: Roy Kilgard)

Sunday, 5:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Eyes on the Universe: Astronomical Observatories Update – The great space observatories are aging out of usefulness & budget cut backs have curtailed replacing them. But astronomy is still being done!
(guests: Bill Keel, Ph.D)

Sunday, 7:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Introduction to China’s Space Program – The U.S. last set foot on the Moon in 1972 but we laid no claim to it. What are the plans that the Chinese Space Program has for the Moon?
(guest: Nick Eftimiades)

Sunday, 8:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Makers & Space Exploration – How does a maker/hacker/hobbyist get involved in space exploration? Why get involved? What are some examples of ways to get involved?
(guest: Sam Ortega, Ariel Waldman)

Sunday, 8:30pm, Crystal Ballroom (Hilton) – Virgin Galactic: The World’s First Commercial Spaceline – Aiming to open the wonder & potential of space to all by offering an out-of-the-seat, zero-gravity experience w/astounding views of the planet.
(guest: A. C. Charania)

Sunday, 10:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – The Tough Questions of Space Science – Astronomy Cast Live – Space science has a lot of tough, unanswered questions & we give you the chance to ask & discuss them. Panel will air on Astronomy Cast podcast.
(guest: Les Johnson, Pamela L. Gay,Ph.D, Scott Edgington,Ph.D, Fraser Cain, Erin Patricia MacDonald,Ph.D, Roy Kilgard)

Sunday, 11:30pm, 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, 10:00am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – What Will It Take to Put Human’s on Mars? – Mars has a long history of robotic missions & planning to put boots on Mars has been going on for years. What are issues that must be solved?
(guest: Les Johnson, Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D, Stephanie Osborn, Douglas Wayne Talk, Ph.D)

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 has a commitment in Canada this Labor Day and can’t be with us. We couldn’t NOT have solar astronomy though! Rob is a long time Space Track volunteer who has assisted Stephen for many years and will fill in admirably.
(solar astronomer: Robert Moore)

Monday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Observational Astronomy – Telescope Not Required – Astronomy was being done long before the telescope was invented & it still can be done without one. Become an ‘observational astronomer’!
(guest: Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D)

Monday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – The Best News That Wasn’t – Gravitational wave imprints in CMB! GRB in Andromeda! A couple of the astronomical discoveries announced in the past year that turned out to be wrong!
(guest: Mika McKinnon, Roy Kilgard, Ph.D)

Monday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Fermi Paradox – It’s a Discussion of Scale – Number of stars > grains of sand. We’ll discuss how the scale of the universe affects the Fermi Paradox.
(guest: Richard “Hawk” Altstatt, Nicole Gugliucci, Ph.D)