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FRI 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
3688. THE TOURISTS GUIDE TO THE SOLAR SYSTEM
With New Horizons having visited Pluto the preliminary survey of the Solar System is complete. The images are stunning. From metal rich Mercury to icy, dynamic Pluto it is a fun neighborhood.
Tech: NOTE: Will need projector, screen and panelists who an explain spectacular images.
FRI 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
3698. Beam Forming for Power and Propulsion
Solar power satellites have been proposed to supply energy for the Earth. The power would be beamed to Earth in the form of low-density microwaves or laser light. Another application of beamed energy may be interstellar lightsail propulsion . High velocities for the sail, up to a quarter that of light, require that the sail be kept as low in mass as possible. Sail masses of one kilogram and one gram are considered, having diameters of a few to about thousand meters. The challenges are considerable, but such missions may be doable, given sufficient research.
Dr. Seth Potter, Dr. Gregory Benford
Tech: projector, HDMI, Microphone
FRI 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm
3707. David Gerrold Q&A
Join us for a Q&A with our Writer Guest of Honor David Gerrold, Hugo award-winning science fiction screenwriter and novelist,
David Gerrold, Michael Siladi
SUN 10:00 am - 11:15 am
3790. The Great North American Solar Eclipse of 2017: When, Where, and How to see it
On Aug. 21, 2017 (next year!), the US will experience its first solar eclipse visible to the full continent since 1979. Where can you go see it? How long will it last? How do you view it safely? We've got all your answers!
SUN 11:30 am - 12:45 pm
3798. Big Wheels on Mars: Curiosity and Mars 2020
Curiosity is the largest rover yet sent to Mars, and has a large suite of instruments to investigate the atmosphere, the surface, and what lies beneath. In its years on the Martian surface, it has travelled far and revealed fascinating insights. Mars 2020 will be a rover in the same style, with new instruments to investigate other facets of the Red Planet, collecting and caching samples along the way. Kim Steadman, an operations team member on both will give you the low-down on both missions, what we have learned from them, and what more we hope to learn.
SUN 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
3807. Cassini - Science Highlights and The Beginning of the Grand Finale
For over 12 years, Cassini has been orbiting Saturn with amazing scientific revelations. In late 2016, Cassini begins the first phase of its final mission, the Ring Skimming Orbits, and in April 2017, the Grand Finale Orbits. With highly inclined orbits that take it over the north to south over both poles, the spacecraft will make amazing unprecedented observations. Cassini swan song will be a final plunge into the gas giant planet itself. This talk will highlight recent scientific results and the unique scientific objectives of the mission.
Trina Ray, Scott Edgington
SUN 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm
3817. Pluto: What We've Learned in a Year
Over a year ago, the New Horizons spacecraft flew past Pluto and its moon. Many expected an icy, cratered body with little or no activity. The images returned by New Horizons wowed both professional astronomers and the public alike. Pluto was revealed to be a complex, geologically active world with a ﾓheartﾔ. After a brief history of Pluto, the latest, amazing scientific results will be presented.