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SAVE THE DATE: 22 March 2018 – Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lecture

March 6th, 2018 by David Alexander

Please SAVE THE DATE for the next installment of our Houston Spaceport Frontier Lectures.

Thursday March 22 7pm at Rice University

Dr. Grace Douglas, NASA Johnson Space Center 

“Food System Development for the Final Frontier: Challenges and Integrative Solutions”

Details to follow.

1 March 2018: Spaceport Lecture – Leland Melvin “Living the Uncommon Life”

February 15th, 2018 by David Alexander

Join us on Thursday March 1 for a special event co-hosted by the Air Force Reserve and the Rice Space Institute. Lecture is free and open to the public. See spacefrontiers.rice.edu for details.

23 Feb 2018: RSI and Smalley Curl Institute Event: Expedition a Docufilm by Alessandra Bonavina

February 15th, 2018 by David Alexander

The Rice Space Institute and the Smalley-Curl Institute invite you to meet the Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli at the 


RICE MEDIA CENTER   2030 University BLVD, Houston TX, 77005

6:30pm, Friday February 23, 2018

for the showing of

EXPEDITION – Docufilm by Alessandra Bonavina

This documentary takes the audience on a journey behind the scenes of Expedition 52/53, focusing on the demanding training astronauts have to undertake, the experiments, the simulation of catastrophic situations, and the technological side of the VITA mission organized by Italy’s space agency ASI. Featuring  astronaut Paolo Nespoli on his third mission to the International Space Station (ISS).
Both Director Alessandra Bonavina and Astronaut Paolo Nespoli will attend the screening and the following Q&A
Free  entrance. Refreshments will be served.
For more information see the attached flyer.


PUBLIC LECTURE JAN 23: Houston Museum of Natural Sciences

January 2nd, 2018 by David Alexander

Dancing with a star: the intricate ballet of the Sun-Earth interaction
David Alexander, Director Rice Space Institute.

Details at http://store.hmns.org/DateSelection.aspx?item=3852


January 2nd, 2018 by David Alexander

Making Big Miracles Happen

Thursday January 25, 2018 7:00pm
Reception at 6:30pm – Valhalla Beer Garden

Thomas Zurbuchen – Associate Administrator for Science, NASA

Details at http://spacefrontiers.blogs.rice.edu/january-25-2018/


Live stream of Nov 30 Spaceport lecture

November 29th, 2017 by David Alexander

Dr Paul Schenk’s Spaceport lecture on 40 years of Voyager will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQ4243lLpwk

VOYAGER AT 40: Spaceport Lecture TOMORROW November 30

November 28th, 2017 by David Alexander

Please join us for the last lecture of the semester.  Dr. Paul Schenk will discuss the remarkable 40 year journey of the Voyager spacecraft.

WHEN:  Thursday November 7pm (reception at 6:30)

WHERE:  KECK HALL Rm 100  (reception in Valhalla Beer Garden

Details at http://spacefrontiers.rice.edu/lectures-21546-2/november-30-2017/

NEXT SPACEPORT LECTURE: Thursday November 30

November 7th, 2017 by David Alexander

Please save the date for the last Spaceport Frontiers Lecture of the year.  We will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Voyagers missions with a lecture by Dr. Paul Schenk of the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Thursday November 30 at 7pm

Rice University Keck Hall Rm 100

Details to follow.


October 23rd, 2017 by David Alexander

Using Shadows to Shed New Light

Dr. James L. Green
NASA, Director, Planetary Science Division

Thursday October 26, 7pm
Keck Hall 100, Rice University
Reception immediately preceding at 6:30pm Beer Garden of the Valhalla Pub (next to Keck Hall)



Current estimates are that over 150 million Americans viewed the great American solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 with another 60 million viewing it electronically from TV or the internet. It’s amazing to think that we are still using this opportunity to do new and exciting science even though eclipses are a regular occurrence. Eclipses are the “obscuring of the light from one celestial body by the passage of another between it and the observer…” In reality, the concept of eclipses in science has been a tried and true technique to do amazing new things from finding new rings at Saturn to new planets orbiting other far away suns. This is a brief story of how we continue to use the eclipse technique to do uncover new science.




CHANGE TO Next Spaceport Lecture:Thursday October 26

October 9th, 2017 by David Alexander


PLEASE NOTE A CHANGE TO SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING: Due to a change to the plans of Dr. Zurbuchen, Thursday evening’s lecture (Oct 26) will now be given by Dr. James Green, Division Director for the Planetary Sciences at NASA HQ.  Details will follow soon.  


Please join us for our next Spaceport Frontiers Lecture which will be held in Keck 100 on Rice Campus.

Making Big Miracles Happen – Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA Associate Administrator for Science will discuss lesson’s on innovation 

Thursday October 26  7:00pm
Keck Hall, Rm 100

Reception will be held at 6:30 in Beer Garden adjacent to the Valhalla Pub – (we’re trying something different).