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Reminder: Spaceport Lecture THURSDAY JANUARY 31

January 28th, 2019 by David Alexander

Reed Poster
DATE AND TIME:  Thursday January 31, 7:00PM  [Reception at 6:30]

LOCATION: Herring Hall 100, Rice University

TITLE: Expanding Space: Creating the Next Generation of Space Explorers

SPEAKER: Professor Helen Reed, Regents Professor and Edward ‘Pete’ Aldridge ’60 Professor, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Texas A&M

For parking and location details, see spacefrontiers.rice.edu


SPRING 2019 RSI public events : SAVE THE DATES

January 17th, 2019 by David Alexander


Thursday January 31

Prof. Helen Reed

Texas A&M

The CubeSat Revolution
Thursday February 28

Dr. Nicky Fox


The Parker Solar Probe

Thursday March 21  


BOOK NOW @  www.earthscience.rice.edu/iress

Dr. Kirsten Siebach

Rice University

Understanding Earth by Exploring Other Planets:

Mars 2020 and Rice’s Planetary Future

Thursday April 4 To Be Confirmed Moon landing anniversary talk
Saturday April 13 Various Space Day at Rice Baseball


Wishing all of our space friends season’s greetings and all the best for 2019

December 19th, 2018 by David Alexander

Dear All,

Thank you for your wonderful support over the last year.

  • Our Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture series has been a highlight with some notable speakers:
    • Mae Jemison, Leland Melvin, Thomas Zurbuchen, Victor Murray, Alessandra Bonavina and Paolo Nespoli, Steven Gonzalez and Brian Ramos.
  • The Rice chapter of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) is going from strength to strength.
  • SpaceCom and the Spaceport Summit were great successes.
  • Our Professional Masters Program in Space Studies continues to develop some outstanding students.  Thanks go to our Advisory Board and seminar speakers for all they do.
  • On the research front, the INSPIRE, TuLIPSS and CLEVER Planets projects are all making great progress.
  • We are gaining an increasingly stronger international reputation, in particular, in relation to the Houston Spaceport project.
  • Locally, new space-themed interactions between TAMU, UH and Rice are developing.

2018 was a great year for space exploration.  Let’s make 2019 an even better one.

All the best for the Festive Season and the coming New Year!

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday Nov 15. Spaceport Frontiers Lecture

November 6th, 2018 by David Alexander

SAVE THE DATE: Pushing the Extraordinary

DR. MAE JEMISON will speak in the Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lecture Series on Thursday Nov. 15.

LOCATION: Keck Hall 100, Rice University

TIME: 7:00PM  (reception starts at 6:15)

Dr. Jemison will speak about the aspirations for interstellar space travel.

Mae Jemison





Spaceport Frontiers Lecture: Tuesday October 16

October 8th, 2018 by David Alexander


50 Years at NASA

Victor Murray, Jacobs Engineering

Tuesday October 16, 2018

Herring Hall 100, 7:00pm [reception preceding at 6:15pm)


murray_redoThe National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) was created 60 years ago this month, changing the world as we know it by heralding in a new technological era driven by human space exploration. Three years later, Houston became the center of human spaceflight and the home to every American astronaut ever to fly in space with the creation of the Manned Spacecraft Center, later renamed the Johnson Space Center. In this talk, Victor Murray will chronicle experiences from his days as a young technician during the Apollo, SkyLab, and Space Shuttle programs, his involvement as a key safety engineer during the deployment of the International Space Station, and his current role in helping pave the way to Mars with the Orion Capsule. 



October 4th, 2018 by David Alexander

50 years at NASA 

Victor Murray,

Environmental & Health Office Safety Engineer, Johnson Space Center

Tuesday October 16, 7pm
Herring Hall 100

As we celebrate NASA’s 60th anniversary, please join us for a presentation by a recent Silver Snoopy awardee reflect on five decades of personal involvement in space exploration.

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.