2013 Space Track Schedule!

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It’s here! It’s here! Literally, the Space Track Schedule for 2013 is here, right below.

FRIDAY

Friday, 10:00am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – LiftPort Rises From the Ashes – By the end of 2007, belief was that LiftPort, the space elevator group, was dead. Wrong! It hibernated a few years but IT’S back & stronger than ever!
(guest: Michael J. Laine)

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, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Tales From the Troops: Life & Times at JPL – The Crew is back with more information & stories on some of your favorite Space missions & news on future ones.
(guests: Scott Edgington, Ph.D, Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D, Trina Ray, & Kim Steadman)

Friday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Don’t Call Me Dear, Call Me PhD.octor – 9 women presenting this year! Our 4 PhD’s tell the good, bad & how to survive & thrive as a women scientist or engineer. Parents/Teachers encouraged.
(guests: Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D, Nicole Gugliucci, Ph.D, Erin MacDonald, Ph.D, & Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D)

Friday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – XCor – Another Vision of Commercial Space – XCor has its own commercial space vision quite different from SpaceX. They develop rocket-powered spacecraft & the engines that drive them.
(guest: Stephen Fleming)

Friday, 4:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – You Won’t Go Crazy – the Radiation Will Kill You First – Radiation is everywhere & of all kinds! It even has its uses but solar radiation & manned missions to Mars? Big Problems!
(guest: Richard “Hawk” Altstatt)

Friday, 5:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Incoming! There’s an Asteroid With Earth’s Name on It – 2013 could be the Year of the Asteroids! Russia’s recent Tunguska similar event has made the danger of an asteroid strike very real, even to Congress!
(guests: Phil Plait, Ph.D & Mika McKinnon)

Friday, 7:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Curiosity – Year 1 – The Mars Science Laboratory has been on the red planet over a year. What has it discovered and what have we learned?
(guest: Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D)

Friday, 8:30pm, Crystal Ballroom (Hilton) – The Future of Military Space – Let’s talk the National Security Space Program! What technologies are on the drawing board? How will it evolve & what’s its future?
(guest: Nick Eftimiades)

Friday, 8:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Will Reusable Launch Vehicles Ever Be A Reality? – A RLV system is still more sci-fi then science fact. After multiple programs, numerous failures, & billions of dollars invested, are we any closer?
(guest: John E. Bradford, Ph.D)

Friday, 10:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – The Arp’s : When Bad Things Happen to Good Galaxies – What’s your favorite Arp? We like the TinkerBell Triplet. Arp’s are a collection of known colliding galaxies & Dr. Keel loves colliding galaxies.
(guest: Bill Keel, 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, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Project Icarus: Sending a Probe to Another Star! – Not into the parade? Bring your coffee & bagel & hear about a group working on futuristic propulsion systems to get us to the stars. Launched by the British Interplanetary Society, it is an international volunteer theoretical engineering study to design an interstellar spacecraft.
(guest: Richard Hatcher)

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) – How & Why of NASA’s Asteroid Retrieval Mission Plans – NASA’s proposed robotic asteroid retrieval mission has generated lots of talk, pro & con. We’ll talk systems needs & why do this?
(guest: John E. Bradford, Ph.D)

Saturday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Voorwerpjes Science – Fading Light Echoes – Hanny’s Voorwerp discovery keeps yielding new research & new science discoveries. Like the original, a graphic anthology was done & is free to all!
(guest: Bill Keel, Ph.D)

Saturday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Mysterious Titan – Saturn’s largest moon is bigger than the planet Mercury. It has lakes & rain falls there. Its atmosphere is denser than Earth’s. A very unusual moon.
(guest: Trina Ray)

Saturday, 2:30pm, Savannah Room (Sheraton) – The new NASA – Prize money for Tech Solutions – NASA’s gone commercial in lots of ways! Learn about the Sample Return Robot Challenge & future competitions in the interest of furthering science. (** This is a joint panel between Space Track & Robotics/Makers Track **)
(guest: Sam Ortega)

Saturday, 4:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – The Wide Divide of Commercial Space – SpaceX. XCor. Orbital. VirginGalatic. All vying to bring men to LEO, but ‘commercial’ space isn’t recent & Satellites are the real money!
(guests: Stephen Fleming, Jennifer Kalmanson, Phillip Kalmanson & Sam Ortega)

Saturday, 5:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – A Change in Plans – LiftPort Goes Lunar – So LiftPort is back & dreams of the space elevator live but with an unexpected change of location. First up – a lunar elevator!
(guest: Michael J. Laine)

Saturday, 7:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – 132 (confirmed) + 3,216 (possible) = Kepler Telescope Legacy – 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) – GRB’s – Astronomy’s Hottest Topic – Gamma Rays are hot stuff! If Earth ever takes a direct strike from a GRB within our own galaxy, we’re likely to be toast – literally!
(guest: Erin MacDonald, Ph.D)

Saturday, 10:00pm, Crystal Ballroom (Hilton) – The Kevin & Phil Show – ‘Space in the Time of Sequester’. Our fabulous space duo return takes on a serious subject in their own witty & wondrous way!
(guests: Kevin R. Grazier, Ph.D & Phil Plait, Ph.D)

Saturday, 10:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – How to Service Your Satellite – Civilization today hangs on satellites! Space debris, CME’s & age are constant hazards but advanced technology allows them to be serviced from Earth!
(guests: Jennifer Kalmanson & Phillip Kalmanson)

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 – All Talks Today are Solar System Related!

Sunday, 10:00am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Sun Cycles – Our star, the Sun, goes through cycles of activity every 11 years. The amount of activity during those cycles effects future cycles & Earth! [Yes, we do realize that Stephen can't be giving a talk in the Track room & doing solar astronomy outside at the same time. That's why he has someone helping him with the solar astronomy. : ) ]
(guest: Stephen W. Ramsden)

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) – 10 (or so) Amazing Facts About Our Solar System – Earth resides in a remarkable system of planets, moons, asteroids & comets all dominated by one star. Learn something new about our Solar System.
(guest: Phil Plait, Ph.D)

Sunday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Launching is Easy! It’s Getting to Launch That’s Really Hard – Launches from Earth? Simple compared to the planning, designing & building that precedes it. Hubble took close to 20 years to get to the launch pad!
(guests: Jennifer Kalmanson & Phillip Kalmanson)

Sunday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – You Can’t Get There From Here – In cartoons they jump in their rocketship & fly directly where they want to. Dream On! Think orbital trajectories & velocities & gravity wells …
(guest: Stephen Granade, Ph.D)

Sunday, 4:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Here We Go Probing the Solar System – Earthlings are a curious bunch & we find ways to satisfy our curiosity. To learn more about our Solar System we send out probes – lots of them.
(guest: Bill Keel, Ph.D)

Sunday, 5:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Mars: Our Ever-Changing Understanding of the Red Planet – Our knowledge & understanding of Mars has changed dramatically over the years. A look at its past, present & future from a geologic viewpoint.
(guests: Sarah Milkovich, Ph.D & Ginny Mauldin-Kinney)

Sunday, 7:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – To Land & Rove or Fly & Spy – Our Solar System explorers are probes & rovers. Planning & operations differ between missions with wheels on the ground & those with cameras in orbit.
(guest: Kim Steadman)

Sunday, 8:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Storms and Vortices – Jupiter – the Great Red Spot. Saturn – the Great White Spot. Neptune – fastest winds on any planet! Earth’s storms have nothing on the Gas Giants!
(guest: Scott Edgington, Ph.D)

Sunday, 10:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Secret Lives of Moons – Our Solar System is filled with Moons. Saturn has 62 & Neptune has a new one. Each is different & many help shape the solar system as we know it.
(guest: Nicole Gugliucci, Ph.D)

Sunday, 11:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Voyager Asked; Cassini Answered – Voyagers I & II flew by Saturn taking pictures & spawning endless questions. It took 23 years & the Cassini probe to begin to get answers.
(guest: Trina Ray)

Sunday Night (really Monday morning), 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, 9:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – NASA MAKE – Kid’s Work(Fun)shop – Last year’s workshop was such a hit we HAD to do another one. What will it be this time? You’ll have to come to find out but the hover board is BACK!
(guest: 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)
(solar astronomer: Stephen W. Ramsden)

Monday, 11:30am, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cassini – And Then Some! – 3 years into the Solstice Mission & still making amazing discoveries! Something you want to know about the Cassini mission, these are people to ask!
(guests: Scott Edgington, Ph.D, Trina Ray & Kim Steadman)

Monday, 1:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Where Have the Great Space Observatories Gone? – The era of Space Observatories is ending with only Hubble & Chandra fully operational. JWST will fly but can the new land based telescopes be as good?
(guest: Bill Keel, Ph.D)

Monday, 2:30pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Every Decision Gives Birth in the Multiverse! – Calling them branes or parallel worlds may identify the theory you follow but it’s still all about multiple universes. Now just try to prove it!
(guest: Pamela L. Gay, Ph.D)

Monday, 4:00pm, Track Room (Hilton 309/310) – Cratering the Moon Landing Hoax – Seven percent of Americans think NASA faked it. See that myth debunked; learn about Apollo’s achievements & how to evaluate conspiracy theories.
(guest: Jeff Hubbs)