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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

Houston Spaceport Lecture: Thursday February 23

February 8th, 2017 by David Alexander

Please join us for our next Houston Spaceport Lecture:

God and Rockets: The Who? What? and Why? of the Space Revolution

Thursday, February 23

7:00 pm
Herring Hall 100
Reception at 6:30 pm

Rick Tumlinson
Founder – New Worlds Institute
Co-founder – Deep Space Industries, Orbital Outfitters, and the Space Frontier Foundation

RSI Celebrates Black History Month

February 7th, 2017 by David Daniels

This Week’s Featured Profile: Tiera Guinn

This 22-Year-Old is Already an Engineer With NASA

At 22, Tiera Guinn is already an inspiration as a Rocket Structural Design and Analysis Engineer for NASA. 

“Guinn, whose career trajectory seems like a sequel to the much-acclaimed “Hidden Figures” movie, has been aspiring to become an aerospace engineer since she was a child.”

“Now, Guinn will soon be graduating from MIT with a 5.0 GPA and is clearly on a path to success. She said she’d advise young girls looking to follow in her footsteps to expect obstacles throughout their journey.”

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

Rice University Campus Observatory Open House: Feb 4

January 30th, 2017 by David Alexander

The Rice Campus Observatory will be hosting an Open House on Saturday February 4.  See http://events.rice.edu/index.cfm?EventRecord=32288 for details.

Spaceport Lecture, February 2: Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar

January 25th, 2017 by David Alexander

Please join us for our next lecture at Rice University,  Herring Hall 100.

Thinking Outside the Sphere

Thursday February 2nd at 7pm (reception starts at 6:30pm)

NASA Astronaut, Dr. Bonnie Dunbar

Details can be found at http://spacefrontiers.blogs.rice.edu/february-02-2017/.

Houston Spaceport Lecture February 2nd: Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar

January 12th, 2017 by David Alexander


Please join us at Rice University on Thursday February 2nd for the Houston Spaceport Frontiers Lecture presented by Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar who will discuss the perspectives she has gained from her 5 Space Shuttle flights and explore where we go from here.

NB: Will be held in Herring Hall 100 – not our usual location!


Details and logistics will follow shortly.

Spaceport Lectures for Spring 2017

January 12th, 2017 by David Alexander

Dear All,

I hope you had a very Happy New Year and looking forward to a great 2017. I am happy to announce our lecture program for the spring semester:

  • Thursday February 2: Astronaut Bonnie Dunbar (Texas A&M)
  • Thursday February 23: Space entrepreneur Rick Tumlinson (Deep Space Industries)
  • Thursday March 23: Heliophysicist Holly Gilbert (NASA Goddard Space Center)
  • Thursday April 20: TBD

Specific details will appear for each talk shortly.  Watch this space! I hope you can join us.

TCC Insider News: Imaging Devices & Software Event – January 25

December 8th, 2016 by David Daniels

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Imaging Devices & Software:  The TCC’s next event will be held on January 25, 2017, on Imaging Devices and Software, at the Houston Technology Center.  This week, the TCC will be issuing the first call for presentations for the event.  If your organization has any interest in imaging devices & software, developing new solutions or looking for assistance in solving your imaging-related problems, please encourage your organization to participate in the event – and make one or more presentations covering your imaging-related interests.

Contact for details:
Bob Prochnow
Executive Director, Technology Collaboration Center of Houston – www.TCC-Houston.org
281-969-7801 (primary phone, voice mail) / 281-244-8267 (NASA JSC office phone)