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Rice Space Institute
Physics & Astronomy

Speaker: Don Petitt
NASA Astronaut

Houston Spaceport Frontier Lectures - "Techno Stories from Space"

Thursday, September 19, 2013
7:00 PM  to 8:30 PM

McMurtry Auditorium  George R. Brown Hall
Rice University
6100 Main St
Houston, Texas, USA

Abstract: Frontiers are interesting places; they offer the possibility to make observations outside our normal range of experience. The International Space Station is such a frontier offering a local reduction in acceleration forces by nearly a factor of a million. This allows the observation of subtle phenomena that are typically masked on Earth. This orbital vantage also allows observation of Earth phenomena on the length scale of half a continent. A smattering of my observations will be presented. There will be many questions and few answers, which of course is a characteristic of being on a frontier and why we venture there.

Reception at 6:30 p.m. Duncan Hall Bldg., Martel Foyer

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