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Join us for family-friendly talks by a stellar lineup of scientists, and then stargaze on the flight deck.

Next up…July 28

MATEI CIOCARLIE, Columbia University
MyHand: A Robotic Glove Prototype

Engineers at Columbia University are developing a robotic glove with applications across a variety of fields and occupations. Hear about their research, and see a demonstration of the latest prototypes. This work is a collaboration between labs in Columbia University's Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine. Presenters: Matei Ciocarlie, Cassie Meeker and Sangwoo Park (Columbia University Mechanical Engineering Department); Lauri Bishop and Lynne Webber (Columbia University Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine)

Stick around after the talk for science demonstrations and shows in the pop-up planetarium!

Talk starts at 7:30pm. Doors open at 6:45pm.


Plan to arrive early! Space is limited, and admission is first come, first served.

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Upcoming Family Astronomy Nights

Friday, August 4: MiMi Aung, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

MiMi Aung

MiMi Aung is the project manager for the Mars Helicopter. She works with a team of innovators and thinkers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), AeroVironment, Ames Research Center, Langley Research Center and Glenn Research Center. In her 27 years at JPL, she has worked on a variety of space exploration projects, including telecommunication with spacecraft in deep space, formation flying of multiple spacecraft, and spacecraft guidance, navigation and control.


Friday, October 20: Noah Petro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Noah Petro

Shining New Light on the Moon Noah Petro is a scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. His passion for the moon is in his DNA—his father was an engineer who built parts for the Apollo lunar module and astronaut backpacks. He has worked on the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter since 2011 and is helping plan for future lunar missions to the far side of the moon. Petro will talk about Apollo 17’s exploration of the moon and new findings that are advancing our understanding of the moon and its place in the solar system.