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Sunday, April 23 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
Science or Science Fiction? Where Will Science and Tech Take us in the Future?

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Panelists will take a look at technological advances we might see in the future. Some, such as transporters and warp technology are straight from the realm of science fiction. Others, such as human missions to Mars are right around the corner. What do our experts think? Come find out, and bring your questions!

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Steve Bailey

President, Deep Space Systems
Steve Bailey is the President of Deep Space Systems in Littleton, Colorado, which he founded in 2001.  Steve worked on the Space Shuttle Program as a contractor, the Lunar and Mars exploration as a civil servant at NASA JSC, the Mars Pathfinder and the Mars Surveyor program as a Jet Propulsion Lab employee, and multiple planetary exploration missions and the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle as an entrepreneur. Steve was the Spacecraft... Read More →
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Dr. Kenneth Carpenter

NASA Space Scientist
Dr. Kenneth Carpenter is currently the Hubble Space Telescope (HST) (https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/hubble/main/index.html) Operations Project Scientist and the Ground Systems Scientist for WFIRST at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. He previously led, as Principal... Read More →
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Dr. Christopher Grasso

Principle Engineer, Blue Sun Enterprises
Dr. Christopher Grasso is the principal engineer for Blue Sun Enterprises, Inc. He has developed software and sequences for a variety of deep space missions, including Spitzer Space Telescope, Mars Odyssey, MRO, Dawn, and Resource Prospector. He developed the Virtual Machine Language sequencing flight software for Spitzer, and versions have been used on fifteen deep space missions. He used VML to sequence the successful entry, descent, and... Read More →
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Dr. Pieter Kallemeyn

System Design Lead, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
Pieter Kallemeyn works for Lockheed Martin Space Systems here in Denver.  A graduate of the University of Colorado, he’s been involved in the design and operations of NASA missions for over 28 years.  He’s currently the System Design Lead for the InSight Mars Lander, scheduled for launch in May of 2018.
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Dr. Erin Macdonald

Space Consultant, LIGO Member
Dr. Erin Macdonald is a speaker and consultant on the topic of space science in science fiction. ​Erin was a member of the Laser Interferometry Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) collaboration during her years in academia. Additionally, she is the Global Resources Manager for World Space Week and the Colorado State Coordinator for 314 Action. She has appeared at StarFest before, and we welcome her back as part of the StarFest Science Fest... Read More →
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Carolyn Collins Petersen

Science Writer - Documentarian, Loch Ness Productions
Carolyn Collins Petersen is CEO of Loch Ness Productions (www.lochnessproductions.com), a fulldome production company. She is an award-winning science writer, with more than three dozen documentaries to her credit. Her latest book is Astronomy 101: From the Sun and Moon to Wormholes and Warp Drive. She was senior author for major exhibits at Griffith Observatory, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the California Academy of Sciences. She... Read More →

Sunday April 23, 2017 11:00am - 12:00pm
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