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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).

Tonight’s Spaceport lecture – 3-Oct-2017

October 3rd, 2017 by David Alexander

Tonight’s Spaceport Frontiers Lecture by George Nield (AA Commercial Transportation Office, FAA) will be live streamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T3RFX_gUHE

For those attending, reception will be held under Portico of Sewall Hall at 6:30.  See you there.

Spaceport Lecture: George Nield (FAA)

September 26th, 2017 by David Alexander

Please join us: Tuesday October 3 for our next Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture featuring the Assoc. Administrator for Commercial Space Transportation: George Nield.

PLEASE NOTE we are in a different location than usual due to some Harvey-related flood damage.

George Nield poster

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 3: 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.