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Presidential Lecture Series: Fred Haise

September 5th, 2017 by David Alexander

Dear All,

Please see the link https://president.rice.edu/content/upcoming-pls-fred-haise-912 for information on the talk by Apollo 13 astronaut Fred Haise as part of Rice’s Presidential Lecture Series.  Seating will be limited so please register.

We apologize for the short notice due to recent events.

Cheers –  The Rice Space Institute


August 3rd, 2017 by David Alexander

UPDATE [18 Aug 2017]

Dear All,

We hope your summers are going well and looking forward to a fun August. We wanted to give you a heads up on our Spaceport Frontiers Lecture Series for the Fall 2017 .  We have an exciting line up of speakers.  All talks will be in the evening: watch this space for details.

September 12:  President’s Lecture: “Failure is not an option: Embodying the Credo, ‘We Do This Not Because It Is Easy but Because It Is Hard’” Apollo 13 Astronaut, Fred Haise followed by conversation with Fred Haise and Dr. Ellen Ochoa (Director, Johnson Space Center)

October 5: Spaceport Lecture: “The Future of Commercial Space Transportation” George Nield (Assoc. Administrator, Commercial Space Transportation, FAA)

October 26: Spaceport Lecture: “Title – TBD” Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, (Assoc. Administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA)

November 16: Spaceport Lecture: “40 years of the Voyager spacecraft“, Dr. Paul Schenk, Lunar and Planetary Institute

We will highlight some of the other interesting events we have coming up in the next few days.

Hope to see you all several times over the next few months.

Cheers – RSI

RSI Director to speak at VentureFest Oxford

June 2nd, 2017 by David Alexander

Dr. David Alexander, Director of the Rice Space Institute, will be a keynote speaker at VentureFest Oxford later this month discussing Innovation in Space Life Sciences.

RSI/Moody Center joint event

April 12th, 2017 by David Alexander

Hope you can join us.  See Moody Center for details

Sigma Xi Banquet: Keynote Speaker Dr. David Alexander

March 27th, 2017 by David Alexander

Please join us for “The space exploration hazards of living with a star” at the Awards Banquet of Sigma Xi: he Scientific Research Society.  Details of the event can be found here.

Dr. Gilbert’s Spaceport Lecture

March 20th, 2017 by David Alexander

We hope you will join us for Dr. Holly Gilbert’s lecture this Thursday (March 23) where she will give us a closer look at our nearest star (see previous post for details).  In the event that you can’t make it out to Rice you can watch it live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FX75WfC953I.

Next Spaceport Lecture: Thursday March 23

March 7th, 2017 by David Alexander

Dr. Holly Gilbert, Director Heliophysics Science Division, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center


Rice Science Cafe: Tuesday March 7

March 6th, 2017 by David Alexander

Learn all you need to observe the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse with Prof. Patricia Reiff.

SAVE THE DATE: Spaceport Lecture March 23

March 3rd, 2017 by David Alexander

Please join us for our next installment of the Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lectures.  On Thursday March 23rd, Dr. Holly Gilbert of the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center will be talking about Probing the Solar Corona: Close Encounters with the Sun.  Detail to follow.

RSI Celebrates Black History Month

February 14th, 2017 by David Daniels

This Week’s Featured Profile: Christine Mann Darden

Meet another ‘Hidden Figure,’ whose love of geometry took her to NASA

“When her mother gave Christine Mann a doll, she cut it open to see how it talked.

When her brother broke the brakes on her bicycle, 5-year-old Christine fixed them with a coat hanger and a pair of pliers.

She spent elementary school weekends helping her dad work on the family car.

So nobody who knew her growing up in Monroe was surprised when she joined the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in 1967 as one of their “human computers” – or when she became an engineer who wrote more than 50 papers in her 40-year career.

You didn’t see her in the movie “Hidden Figures,” which focuses on the pioneering work of three African-American women: Katherine Johnson, Mary Jackson and Dorothy Vaughan, who helped get the Mercury astronauts into space in the early 1960s. But Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, the basis for that film, pays tribute to Christine Mann Darden, who landed at NASA five years afterward.”

To view the full article and learn more about Christine, click here