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September 17th, 2018 by David Alexander

What recipes produce a habitable planet?

Rice University Campus Observatory Open House: Saturday September 15

September 13th, 2018 by David Alexander



The next Observatory Open House will be Saturday evening, September 15, 2018. The evening will begin with a talk “What Killed the Dinosaurs” at 7:30 pm. Starting about 8:15 pm, weather permitting, we will move to the observatory deck to view the Moon and several of the planets visible this time of year, including Saturn and Mars and possibly Jupiter. If time permits we will observe some deep sky objets as well. Check http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~ruco/open_houses.html as the date approaches for updates on the schedule and the weather.

Spaceport Frontiers Lecture: TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 18

September 7th, 2018 by David Alexander

Live streaming on our Youtube Channel SEDS Rice, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCTylbTjuiTDGcSq3kS65t-A, please subscribe.


SAVE THE DATE!!!! Houston Spaceport Lecture: September 18

September 4th, 2018 by David Alexander



Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lecture. Tuesday September 18, 7:00pm

Herring Hall 100
(reception at 6:15pm preceding lecture).
“NASA Technology: For the benefit of Humankind”
Steven A. Gonzalez,
NASA Johnson Space Center.
Details to follow.

Women in Space Course at Rice Glasscock School

July 23rd, 2018 by David Alexander




9 June 2018: “Cosmic Beginnings” at UH Moores Opera House

May 21st, 2018 by rcl6


Other-worldly masterpieces: “Cosmic Beginnings” at the Immanuel and Helen Olshan TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL

Saturday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.

The University of Houston Moores Opera House

3333 Cullen Blvd, Houston, TX 77004

Exit #16 off Cullen Boulevard. There will be space-themed art cars in front of the Moores Opera House before the concert. Parking is free.

The Immanuel and Helen Olshan TEXAS MUSIC FESTIVAL (TMF) international music residency will launch its 2018 TMF Orchestra Series with “Cosmic Beginnings,” pairing two other-worldly masterpieces, Strauss: Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (think of its prominent use in Stanley Kubrick’s classic, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” which debuted 50 years ago in 1968) and Holst: The Planets, Op 32, a seven-movement work that publicly premiered 100 years ago this year.

As friends of RSI and colleagues in space education and industry, you should use the PROMO CODE: TMFINSPACE for $10 off the general admission price.  Tickets will be $15 vs. $25.

28 April 2018: Space Day in Space City

April 24th, 2018 by rcl6


Space Day in Space City, presented by R-STEM, Rice Space Institute (RSI), and Rice Athletics

Saturday, April 28, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Rice University, Reckling Park

6100 Main Street, Houston, Texas 77005

The goal of Space Day in Space City is to provide students with the opportunity to visit Rice University and learn more about space and STEM from some of the top professionals in the field. Students will learn in STEM breakout sessions, tour Rice University, and watch the Rice Owls baseball team take on UNC Charlotte at Reckling Park. More space/STEM related exhibits will be on display at the park.

This event is open to all middle school students and their chaperones. For more information on Space Day in Space City, contact Adrian Amaya of Rice Athletics. Click here to register for Space Day in Space City.

22 April 2018: Rice University Campus Observatory Open House – Christopher Johns-Krull

April 20th, 2018 by rcl6


“The Parade of Planets”

Sunday, April 22, 2018 7:30 – 10:00pm

SPEAKER:  Christopher Johns-Krull, Rice University

LECTURE:  103 Brockman Hall for Physics from 7:30pm – 8:00pm

OBSERVATION:  4th floor observatory from 7:45pm – 10:00pm

For current weather status, see Rice Campus Observatory webpage.

19 April 2018 – Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lecture: Brian Ramos, HI-SEAS

April 4th, 2018 by rcl6

Please join us for the next installment of our Houston Spaceport Frontier Lectures:
Thursday, April 19th 7:00pm at Keck Hall 100
Reception at 6:30pm – Valhalla Beer Garden

Brian Ramos, NASA Johnson Space Center, HI-SEAS (Hawaiʻi Space Exploration Analog and Simulation) mission crewmember

“Inside the Bubble: Earthly Lessons from Life in a Martian Analog”

Watch online starting at 7:00pm https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ukxn51Q2cAM

2 April, Wiess School seminar: Peggy Whitson, NASA Astronaut, Biochemist

March 29th, 2018 by rcl6

The Wiess School of Natural Sciences invites you to join a Public Science Communication Seminar with Peggy Whitson on Monday, April 2 at 4:00 pm in 100 Keck Hall.  Whitson will talk about her time in space and her role in the space program’s scientific research.