Georgia Tech Exploration and Origins Colloquium
Mar
29
8:15 AM08:15

Georgia Tech Exploration and Origins Colloquium

  • Krone Engineered Biosystems Building, Georgia Institute of Technology (map)
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Building on the success of the 2018 Astrobiology Colloquium, Georgia Tech Astrobiology and ExplOrigins groups are proud to announce the 2019 Exploration and Origins Colloquium, which will take place on March 29, 2019. This is the 2nd annual networking event under the theme of exploring the universe and origins of life.

This year the colloquium is split in two sections: the first section is focused on space exploration technology and planetary science, and the second is oriented toward the chemistry and biology of the origins and the search for life. The event will consist of presentations and talks by early career scientists, i.e. graduate and undergraduate students, and post-doctoral fellows, working in the exciting fields of space and planetary science, engineering and astrobiology across Georgia Tech campus and the greater Atlanta. There will also be plenary lectures given by distinguished members of the global astrobiology community. The objective of this interdisciplinary colloquium is to forge connections across the kinds of research at Georgia Tech straddling the boundaries between technology development and hypothesis testing in the search for life’s beginnings and to explore collaborative ideas among participants. Hence, senior researchers and faculty are also highly encouraged to attend.

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National Geographic Live: Exploring Mars
Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

National Geographic Live: Exploring Mars

  • Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center, Byers Theatre (map)
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Few events in the last decade of space exploration have captured the world’s imagination like NASA’s ongoing Mars Exploration Program. In 2004, the successful deployment of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, launched a new era of scientific investigation of our nearest planetary neighbor. For Kobie Boykins, a mechanical engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the rovers’ success was also a personal triumph: he helped design and build the solar arrays that enabled to rovers to keep going long after their planned 90-day life (indeed Opportunity is still roaming Mars today and sending back images, more than nine years later).

Now, Boykins is also intimately involved with our latest venture to Mars, as supervisor of the mobility and remote sensing mast teams for the Mars Science Laboratory, better known as Curiosity. Curiosity landed on Mars in August 2012 and has already made headlines with evidence that conditions on Mars, including the presence of water, once could have supported life. For work on this and other compelling projects, Boykins last year received a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, one of the highest honors given to NASA employees and contractors.

Boykins’ boundless enthusiasm for unraveling the mysteries of outer space, and Mars in particular, is infectious. Join him for an engaging evening exploring the red planet, with an update on the very latest chapter in the ongoing story of Mars exploration.

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Deep Space Networking sponsored by Nelson Mullins
Mar
13
4:00 PM16:00

Deep Space Networking sponsored by Nelson Mullins

  • Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough (map)
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Join us for a complimentary happy hour of casual networking on the roof and lounge of Georgia Space Alliance Corporate Member Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Atlanta. Our generous host will provide beer, wine, and light appetizers. Chat about the latest in space and share your business and research activities.

To be extra geeky, we will celebrate Pi Day (3.14) a little early. We're taking pie requests!

Parking is available in the deck underneath the buildings, and is complimentary for the first 2 hours. Parking fees apply after 2 hours.

Once in the parking deck, look for the light blue section of the deck. The elevator bank needed to access Nelson Mullins has a large “201” painted on the side. Please do not park in the reserved spaces. Deck management will tow unauthorized cars parked in reserved spaces.

Take the elevator from the parking deck to the lobby, and then take the lobby elevators to the 18th floor. The Deep Space Networking event will be held in the Club Room.

A huge thank you to Nelson Mullins and Jeff Perry!

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