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TEDx Houston Talk: Future of Space Exploration

November 23rd, 2015 by David Alexander

Recent TEDx Houston talk by RSI Director, David Alexander.

Marlar Lecture TONIGHT

November 23rd, 2015 by David Alexander

Please join us for the 27th annual Marlar Lecture;

The New Horizons Mission to Pluto – Dr. Fran Bagenal, University of Colorado.

TONIGHT 7:00PM, McMurtry Auditorium, Duncan Hall, Rice University.  Reception to follow.

Film Screening – The Northern Lights: Nature’s Spectacle with Pal Brekke

November 11th, 2015 by David Alexander


The Aurora Borealis still casts its mysterious and colorful spell over us, and Norwegian solar physicist Dr. Pal Brekke has captured that enduring fascination in a new documentary, The Northern Lights: A Magic Experience.

Click HERE for details.

Present coupon code Lec$5off at HMNS Box Office for special RSI discount. Call 713.639.4629 for advance reservations. (Coupon not accepted online.)

AIAA to host Climate Change Engineering, Science & Public Policy Dinner

October 27th, 2015 by David Alexander

November 3 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Register HERE.

The AIAA Houston Section is hosting the following dinner meeting, “Climate Change Engineering, Science & Public Policy.” Two presentations will be given, the first by Ian Mills, NASA/JSC robotics engineer, talking about using SPDM (Special Purpose Dextrous Manipulator) DEXTRE and the International Space Station (ISS) robotic arm to install climate science instruments such as CATS (Cloud Aerosol Transport System). The second presentation will be given by the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Bruce McCarl of Texas A&M University in College Station. The award shared with Al Gore by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge about human-induced climate change, and to lay the foundations for the measures that are needed to counteract such change.

5:30 – 6:00 PM Social with cash bar
6:00 – 7:00 PM meal & conversation: Red River BBQ self-serve buffet brisket & sausage (links), cole slaw, baked beans, with option for vegetarians and vegans (baked potato & salad).
7:00 – 7:20 PM International Space Station robotics operations for climate science instrument installment
7:20 – 8:00 PM Climate change science & public policy by Nobel laureate Dr. Bruce McCarl of Texas A&M University

Non-members: $25
Members & spouses or partners: $20
Full-time students with ID: $15
Registration is free for those not partaking of the meal.

Rice’s Discovery Dome a popular spot on White House lawn

October 22nd, 2015 by David Alexander

As part of Astronomy Day celebrations at the White House, Rice was represented by the Discovery Dome inflatable planetarium, developed by RSI Associate Director for Public Outreach, Professor Patricia Reiff and on loan to the Lunar and Planetary Institute. For the full story see here.


THURSDAY OCT 29: Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture: Will Pomerantz, Virgin Galactic

October 19th, 2015 by David Alexander

Please join us on Thursday October 29 at 7pm in the Herzstein Hall Amphitheater
Reception at 6:30 in Herzstein 104 (next to Amphitheater).  Details at http://spacefrontiers.rice.edu/october-29-2015/




TEDx Houston talk by RSI Director on future space exploration

October 19th, 2015 by David Alexander

Video of the tedxhouston sessions. DA is in session 1, about 38 mins in. The video before is really cool and a lot of the talks following were great.

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MITEF Flagship Program on “Detecting Asteroids on a Collision Course for Earth”

October 12th, 2015 by David Alexander

The MIT Enterprise Forum are hosting the MITEF Flagship Program on “Detecting Asteroids on a Collision Course for Earth” with former NASA Astronauts Rusty Schweickart and Ed Lu.

Details can be found here  and you can register at   http://www.MITEFtexas.org.

RSI’s Laboratory for Space and Astrophysical Plasmas wins major research grant

September 14th, 2015 by David Alexander

The National Science Foundation has funded an effort to explore whether distant solar systems may support life  – See more at: http://news.rice.edu/2015/09/14/rice-lands-grant-to-explore-exoplanet-magnetic-fields-2/

Next Spaceport Lecture confirmed

September 10th, 2015 by David Alexander

Please join us on TUESDAY October 6 at the McMurtry Auditorium in Duncan Hall for the next in our Fall series.  Dr. Dorit Donoviel will present  SPACE: The final healthcare frontier.  See http://spacefrontiers.rice.edu/october-6-2015/for details.