2014 DRAGONCON SPACE TRACK SCHEDULE – TENTATIVE!!!!

Join 60k of your closest friends at this year’s DragonCon in Atlanta, GA 29 Aug – 1 Sept. Here is the Space Track Schedule.

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?

Presenters: Fraser Cain, Nancy Atkinson, Elizabeth Howell

Fri 10:00 am; Room: 309-310

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)

Presenters: Robert Moore

Fri 10:00 am; 3rd Floor Pool Deck

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.

Presenters: Bill Keel

Fri 11:30 am; Room: 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.

Presenters: Dr. John E. Bradford, Douglas Wayne Talk

Fri 01:00 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Richard “Hawk” Altstatt

Fri 02:30 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Scott Edgington

Fri 04:00 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Sarah Milkovich

Fri 05:30 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Richard Garriott, A. C. Charania, Dr. John E. Bradford, Nancy Atkinson(M), Shae Williams, Stephen Fleming

Fri 07:00 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Kevin R. Grazier

Fri 08:30 pm; Room: 309-310

Safe Is NOT An Option
Overcoming the futile obsession with getting everyone back alive that is killing our expansion into space.

Presenters: Stephen Fleming

Fri 10:00 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Bill Keel, Roy Kilgard

Fri 11:30 pm; Room: 309-310

‘Europa Report’ by Philip Gelatt
8:15am start: Prepare for 10am’s ‘Does Good Space Science Ruin Movies?’, by watching 1 of the movies in question – ‘Europa Report’.

Presenters: Space Track

Sat 08:30 am; Room: 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.

Presenters: Space Track

Sat 10:00 am; Room: 309-310

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)

Presenters: Robert Moore

Fri 10:00 am; 3rd Floor Pool Deck

Greatest Astronomers You’ve Never Heard Of: History’s Women Astronomers
Our women talk about their favorite, but little known, female astronomers.

Presenters: Laura A. Burns, Trina Ray, Kim Steadman, Erin Patricia Macdonald, Nicole Gugliucci, Ariel Waldman

Sat 11:30 am; Room: 309-310

The Politics of Space: Space politics are intrinsically intertwined; just recall the ’60’s ‘space race’. International events could drastically change our space program.

Presenters: Richard Garriott, Les Johnson, Nick Eftimiades

Sat 01:00 pm; Crystal Ballroom – Hilton

Mercury – Secrets of the Planet Closest to the Sun
What we’ve learned from the Messenger probe in orbit around Mercury

Presenters: Sarah Milkovich

Sat 02:30 pm; Room: 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!

Presenters: Kim Steadman, Sarah Milkovich

Sat 04:00 pm; Room: 309-310

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.

Presenters: Les Johnson

Sat 04:00 pm; Room: Chastain 1-2 – Westin

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.

Presenters: Ariel Waldman

Sat 05:30 pm; Room: 309-310

Space Tethers 101 Learn the basics. Tethers can be used for propulsion, momentum exchange, stabilization & attitude control, or maintaining the relative position.

Presenters: Les Johnson

Sat 07:00 pm; Room: 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!

Presenters: Richard Garriott

Sat 08:30 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Kevin R. Grazier, Stephan Cass

Sat 10:00 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Bill Keel, Roy Kilgard

Sat 11:30 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Kim Steadman

Sun 10:00 am; Room: 309-310


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)

Presenters: Robert Moore

Fri 10:00 am; 3rd Floor Pool Deck


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)

Presenters: Bill Keel, Dr. Pamela L. Gay, Sam Ortega

Sun 10:00 am; Room: Atlanta West – Sheraton; 2.5 Hour

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.

Presenters: Trina Ray

Sun 11:30 am; Room: 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!

Presenters: Trina Ray, Kim Steadman, Sarah Milkovich, Scott Edgington

Sun 01:00 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Nicole Gugliucci

Sun 02:30 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Roy Kilgard

Sun 04:00 pm; Room: 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!

Presenters: Bill Keel

Sun 05:30 pm; Room: 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?

Presenters: Nick Eftimiades

Sun 07:00 pm; Room: 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?

Presenters: Sam Ortega, Ariel Waldman

Sun 08:30 pm; Room: 309-310

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.

Presenters: A. C. Charania

Sun 08:30 pm; Room: Crystal Ballroom – Hilton

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.

Presenters: Les Johnson, Dr. Pamela L. Gay, Scott Edgington, Fraser Cain, Erin Patricia Macdonald, Roy Kilgard

Sun 10:00 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Bill Keel, Roy Kilgard

Sun 11:30 pm; Room: 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?

Presenters: Les Johnson, Sarah Milkovich, Stephanie Osborn, Douglas Wayne Talk

Mon 10:00 am; Room: 309-310


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)

Presenters: Robert Moore

Fri 10:00 am; 3rd Floor Pool Deck

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’!

Presenters: Dr. Pamela L. Gay

Mon 11:30 am; Room: 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!

Presenters: Mika McKinnon, Roy Kilgard

Mon 01:00 pm; Room: 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.

Presenters: Richard “Hawk” Altstatt, Nicole Gugliucci

Mon 02:30 pm; Room: 309-310

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