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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

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.