Missouri S&T’s Mars Rover Design Team will host a week filled with guest speakers, observatory viewings and a movie screening this November.
Space Week 2018 is a week of programs designed to educate the public and Missouri S&T campus about the wonders of space exploration. A series of events will be held Monday, Nov. 5 through Saturday, Nov. 10. All events are free and open to the public.
Space Week events include:
— “Astrochemistry and Astrophysics of Molecules in Interstellar Space,” at 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, in Room 120 Butler-Carlton Civil Engineering Hall. This lecture will be presented by Dr. Rainer Glaser, professor and chair of chemistry at S&T.
— Observatory night at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at the Missouri S&T Observatory, located at 1550 N. Bishop Ave. (Highway 63), adjacent to the university’s Stonehenge replica. Dr. J. Greg Story, associate professor of physics at S&T, will lead the viewing through the 16-inch-diameter telescope. Prior to this event, Story will give a presentation titled “The evolution of our solar system, from birth to today,” at 5:30 p.m. in Room 103 Engineering Management Building.
— “Mars Exploration: Martian Geology, Mars 2020, and Beyond,” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Room 199 Toomey Hall. This lecture will be presented by Michael Bouchard, a 2014 geology and geophysics graduate from S&T and current Ph.D. student at Washington University in St. Louis.
— “Adventures in Astrophysics: Uncovering the Mysteries of the Universe from the Chilean Andes,” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in Room 103 Engineering Management Building. This lecture will be presented by Michael Baumer, a Ph.D. student at Stanford University.
— A screening of Mercury 13 at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in Room 140 Toomey Hall. Mercury 13 is a documentary that profiles the thirteen American women who were tested in 1961 for spaceflight, but were passed over when only men were chosen to become astronauts.
— The Mars Rover Design Team will host a “Tour of the Planets” for children in K-5 from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in the Meramec-Gasconade Room of the Havener Center. This event will feature hands-on learning, space-related activities like games and crafts, and science experiments.
For more information about Space Week, visit the Mars Rover Design Team’s Facebook page at facebook.com/MissouriMRDT.