Kildare Catholic College, Wagga Wagga

27th and 28th July, 2019. 12 Concurrent workshops and presentations

12 concurrent sessions will include talks by:

Tom Nolan

Tom Nolan

Earth and Climate Scientist NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

From Earth-bound to a Space-faring People

This ‘out of this world’ talk reviews the strategies, and challenges, of freeing ourselves from the bondage of Earth’s gravity and exploring out into the unknown

Tom Barber

Todd Barber

Senior Propulsion Engineer NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Propulsion History of JPL 1936-today (by mission, shows propulsion innovations which happened at JPL, walks through various missions)

Dr. Michael Malaska

Dr. Michael Malaska

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Astrobiologist

Astrobiology and the Search for Alien life

Are there other planets with life in our Solar System? What is needed for life to start and survive? Where should we look? Mars, the Ocean Worlds of Europa, Enceladus, and Titan? This presentation will take a virtual tour of some extreme environments and extreme life on Earth, and then examine some weird and wonderful places where life might exist on other planets in our Solar System and beyond.

Mike’s Astrobiology Field Trip (Sunday only)

Limited tickets – Tickets on sale separately

The Exploration of Saturn’s Moon Titan: An Earthlike World in the Outer Solar System

Saturn’s moon Titan is the most Earth-like world in the Outer Solar System. Just like Earth, Titan has a thick nitrogen atmosphere that supports an active weather cycle underneath Titan’s opaque organic haze layers. The Cassini spacecraft discovered that underneath Titan’s thick atmospheric haze are familiar features like rivers, lakes, seas, dunes, plateaus, canyons, and mountains. But unlike Earth, frigid Titan’s rainfall is liquid methane, the lakes and seas are liquid hydrocarbons, the mountains are made of rock-hard water ice, and the dunes, plains, and plateaus are organic sediments. This presentation explores and contrasts the fascinating (and sometime strange) landscapes of Titan and compares it with features here on Earth.

Deb Brice

Deb Brice

Marine Science Educator NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Science Exploration in Extreme Environments: At sea and in space, when you travel to a galaxy far, far away….what should you bring?

Rachel Zimmerman Brachman

Rachel Zimmerman Brachman

Outreach Lead for Radioisotope Power Systems NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

What’s it Like to Be an Astronaut?

Learn about space physiology and medicine. What happens to the human body when an astronaut goes to space? Could we handle long duration missions to Mars? Why or why not?

Ben Brachman

NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System Bring planets, moons, comets, asteroids, and NASA spacecraft to your home or classroom using this free online tool from NASA.

Ben Brachman loves space. He is a student at La Canada High School in California. Ben participated in science fairs at Sherman Oaks Elementary School, Walter Reed Middle School, and the Los Angeles County Science Fair. Ben attended Astrocamp in Idyllwild, California and has written essays for NASA’s Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest. An active Boy Scout, Ben currently holds the rank of Life Scout. He has earned over thirty merit badges including Astronomy, Robotics, and Space Exploration, and he is working on his final few badges required to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Ben attended a Space Shuttle launch in Florida when he was two years old, and most recently, he helped lead a workshop about NASA’s Eyes on the Solar System at the California Science Teachers Association conference in 2018. Ben loves to teach peers and adults how to use NASA’s Spacecraft 3D app, and he has a wealth of knowledge to share about how NASA explores space with robots and humans.