Space: the final frontier in human exploration, and the most hostile frontier yet. What does it take to explore other worlds? What new technology is required to keep people alive in space and on other planets? What cutting-edge scientific instrumentation can uncover new discoveries when we get there? Why send humans out into the solar system at all? Join me as we discuss the rationale for human and robotic space exploration, the breakthroughs needed for astronauts to live and work outside of Earth, and what we hope to discover about our universe.
Laura Forczyk is a scientist with entrepreneurial leanings. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in astrophysics and conducted doctoral studies in planetary science. She has researched astrophysics and planetary science at three NASA centers and worked for a nonprofit facilitating International Space Station national laboratory research. She has flown research on two parabolic "Zero G" campaigns, worked ground support for a third, and managed a satellite branch of an international "Zero G" start-up. She is a NASA Subject Matter Expert for planetary science missions. Her industry analysis includes human spaceflight, new spaceports, smallsat launch vehicles, US launch rates, and near-space vehicles. Her space policy expertise includes U.S. congressional initiatives and Georgia space policy initiatives. She also has experience with conference planning, social media, and movie & media consulting. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Georgia Space Alliance. She is currently writing a book on the millennial generation working in the space industry. She provides space career coaching for students, recent graduates, and mid-career professionals.
PLEASE NOTE: IN CASE OF BAD WEATHER ON JANUARY 7, THIS TALK WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE RESCHEDULED FOR MONDAY JANUARY 14.