Houston Spaceport Lectures

2020 Space Frontier Lectures

Reading the Martian Record: Stories of a Previously Habitable World
Thursday, April 9th, 2020
Kirsten Siebach
A Nightwatchman's Journey: The Road not Taken
Thursday, February 13, 2020
David Levy
Lunar South Pole: Preparing for a Sevent Landing
Thursday, January 23, 2020
David Kring

2019 Space Frontier Lectures

Becoming Martian
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Scott Solomon
From Here to Mars
Thursday, October 17, 2019
John B. Charles
The Legacy of JFK and the Apollo Program
Thursday, September 12, 2019
Douglas Brinkley.
Conversation with NASA Administrator
Friday, April 12, 2019
Jim Bridenstine
Apollo 50-year Recollections
Thursday, April 4, 2019
George Abbey
Special Apollo 11th Anniversary Lecture
Monday, March 18, 2019
Brian O'Brien.
Journey to the Sun
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Nicky Fox
Expanding Space: Creating the Next Generation of Space Explorers
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Helen Reed.


2018 Space Frontier Lectures

Pushing the Extraordinary
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Mae Jemison.
50 Years at NASA
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Victor Murray.
NASA Technology: For the Benefit of Mankind
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Steven Gonzalez.
Inside the Bubble: Earthly Lessons from Life in a Martian Analog
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Brian Ramos.
Food System Development for the Final Frontier
Thursday, March 22, 2018
Grace Douglas
Living the Uncommon Life
Thursday, March 1, 2018
Leland Melvin
8Expedition – a Docufilm by Alessandra Bonavina ft. Astronaut Paolo Nespoli
Friday, February 23, 201
Alessandra Bonavina and Paolo Nespoli.
Making Big Miracles Happen
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Thomas Zurbuchen

2017 Space Frontier Lectures

Voyager at 40: Opening up the Solar System
Thursday, November 30, 2017

Paul Schenk
Using Shadows to Shed New Light
Thursday, October 26, 2017
James Green
The Future of Commercial Space Transportation
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
George Nield
Failure is not an option: Embodying the Credo, ‘We Do This Not Because It Is Easy but Because It Is Hard
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Fred Haise (Apollo 13 astronaut) with special Guest Ellen Ochoa (Director, JSC)
In conjunction with the Rice Presidential Lecture Series.
Probing the Solar Corona: Close Encounters with the Sun
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Holly Gilbert
God and Rockets: The Who? What? and Why? of the Space Revolution
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Rick Tumlinson
Thinking Outside the Sphere: A life in pursuit of Space and Thoughts about the Future
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Bonnie Dunbar

2016 Space Frontier Lectures

Exploring Human Tolerance for Commercial Space Tourism
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Charles Mather
Blurred Lines: Civil, Commercial, and National Security Space
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Chirag Parikh
NASA’s Journey to Mars and Beyond
Thursday, September 7, 2016
Dava Newman
The Texas Space Landscape
Thursday, March 31, 2016

David Alexander
Advancing the Frontiers of Space Science
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Laurie Leshin and Jon Morse
Are we truly “alone”? The Search for Life in the Universe
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Lynn Rothschild

2015 Space Frontier Lectures

Revolutionizing Access to Space
October 29, 2015
Will Pomerantz
Space: The Final Healthcare Frontier
October 6, 2015
Dorit Donoviel, Ph.D.
13 Things That Saved Apollo 13
September 3, 201513 Things That Saved Apollo 13
Jerry Woodfill.
April 15, 2015
Pathways to Exploration: Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration
Mary Lynne Dittmar
The Hidden Ocean of Europe: Future Exploration and Prospects for Life
March 19, 2015
Robert T. Pappalardo
Dare to Dream: Travels of a private space explorer
February 6, 2015
Anousheh Ansari
The Changing Face of Space Economics
January 14, 2015
Stuart Martin

2014 Space Frontier Lectures

ADRIFT: Does America have a future in space?
November 19, 2014

Eric Berger
Under Construction: Paving the Road to Space Settlement
October 22, 2014
Kellie Gerardi
Changing the Culture of Human Spaceflight: How We Returned the Space Shuttle to Flight after Columbia
September 11, 2014

Wayne Hale
Suspended in a Sunbeam: How the Sun Influences Earth, from Surface to Space
April 3, 2014
Judith Lean
Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope
March 13, 2014
Mike Massimino
NewSpace: A Great Innovation Economy Emerges
February 27, 2014
Richard M. David
NASA 4.0: The Evolution of America’s Human Space Exploration Program
February 5, 2014
Mark K. Craig

2013 Space Frontier Lectures

Whose fault is it anyway? The policics and policy of commercial space pay to play3
November 19, 2013
Maria-Vittoria “Giugi” Carminati, JD
Techno-Stories from Space
September 19, 2013
Donald R. Pettit
Reaching for Your Own Special Star
March 21, 2013
Alan Bean

2012 Space Frontier Lectures

The Boldest Mission to Mars Ever
November 1, 2012The Boldest Mission to Mars Ever
Bobak Ferdowski & Ravi Prakash
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Lights, camera, blast-off! Making IMAX movies in space
October 23, 2012

Toni Myers
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Failure is Not an Option
September 12, 2012

Gene Kranz
Retrieve archived webcast
This lecture commemorated the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s “To the Moon” speech from Rice Stadium
Exit Strategy: Profit, Cosmology, and the Future of Humans in Space
March 22, 2012
David Valentine
Catching Shadows: Kepler’s Quest for New Worlds
February 16, 2012
Natalie Batalha.

2011 Space Frontier Lectures

Long Duration Space Flight – Preparing for and Living on the International Space
November 9, 2011 Station
Shannon Walker, PhD
Heavens Above: Space Exploration and the Religious Imagination
October 27, 2011
Jeff Kripal, Ph.D.
The Greatest Obstacle to the Human Space Program
September 14, 2011

Norman R. Augustine, M. S. E.
50 Years of Humans in Space: The Biological Impact
April 21, 2011

Bobby R. Alford, MD
Fast Missions to Mars and Beyond: Developing the VASIMR Engine
March 10, 2011

Franklin Chang Diaz, PhD

Space Weather: Shaping the Earth’s Space Environment
February 24, 2011

Louis J. Lanzerottti, PhD

The Adventure and Wonder of Space Research
January 20, 2011
Loren Acton, PhD