Sci/Tech Cafe tonight (9/28): Missions to Space

Our next SciTech Cafe will be out of this world! Tim Spahr will discuss recent missions to Pluto, a comet, and the possibility of landing on an asteroid.

Please help us advertise (and please come!), forwarding the announcement below to any who may be interested. All are very much welcome (kids, college students, your parents). You’ll learn something if you come. And you might win a prize! Please check out our website with videos of some past events, www.scitechcafe.org and like us on Facebook! . We are now accepting donations so we can maintain our current format. Wings and pizza will be available, but no individual food orders are possible in the banquet room.

Hope to see you there!
Kathy

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SciTech Cafe is pleased to present the monthly discussion series: A scientist walks into a bar…and brings you closer to the solar system.

Monday, September 28th
6pm
The Hangar (formerly Amherst Brewing Company)

Missions to Space: Visiting a Comet, Pluto and (hopefully) Asteroids?
What is a comet and why/how did we land on one?
How are comets and asteroids different?
Will we ever mine asteroids?
What are we learning about Pluto?
What is a dwarf planet?
Will the earth be hit by an asteroid large enough to wipe out all humanity?

Tim Spahr, Ph.D., is the CEO of NEO Sciences LLC. He worked for nearly 15 years at the Minor Planet Center, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory as the Director of the MPC. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory after completing Ph.D. work at the University of Florida, with a specialty in computational celestial mechanics.

Please bring a friend and join us as we enjoy light appetizers, lively conversations, prizes and brilliant minds. This is an inclusive, family-friendly event and people of all walks of life are invited.

Admission is FREE, but donations are appreciated.

Upcoming SciTech Cafe events:

  • October 26th: “Toxins in our Environment” with Professor Sasha Suvorov
  • December 7th: Topic TBD Professor Evelyn Hu, applied physics and electrical engineering
  • January 25th: “Foundations of Quantum Mechanics” with Professor Bill Wootters
  • February 22nd: “Cosmic Inflation” with Professor Gary Felder
  • March 28th: “Can Plants make Cancer Drugs?” with Professor Sue Roberts
  • April 25th: “Sabermetrics” with Professor Ben Baumer
  • June 6th: Topic TBD, Professor Heather Pon-Barry, computer science