2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month
Trailside • Room 160
Small rockets are the next space revolution
We’re in the dawn of a new space revolution, says engineer Peter Beck: the revolution of the small. In a talk packed with insights into the state of the space industry, Beck shares his work building rockets capable of delivering small payloads to space rapidly and reliably — helping us search for extraterrestrial life, learn more about the solar system and create a global internet network.
What it’s like to live on the International Space Station
In this quick, fun talk, astronaut Cady Coleman welcomes us aboard the International Space Station, where she spent nearly six months doing experiments that expanded the frontiers of science. Hear what it’s like to fly to work, sleep without gravity and live life hurtling at 17,500 miles per hour around the Earth. “The space station is the place where mission and magic come together,” Coleman says.
What it feels like to see Earth from space
What the astronauts felt when they saw Earth from space changed them forever. Author and artist Benjamin Grant aims to provoke this same feeling of overwhelming scale and beauty in each of us through a series of stunning satellite images that show the effects human beings are having on the planet. “If we can adopt a more expansive perspective, embrace the truth of what is going on and contemplate the long-term health of our planet, we will create a better, safer and smarter future for our one and only home,” Grant says.
The nonprofit TED, standing for Technology, Entertainment, Design, offers knowledge and inspiration from the world’s foremost thinkers under the moniker “ideas worth spreading,” free online. These talks give access to the world’s most inspiring voices, discussing a vast range of themes. Join educator Tom Lowrey during lunch to watch a TED talk (typically 10-20 minutes each) and participate in a lively discussion about the ideas presented.
To reserve a seat, call the Activity and Dining Center at 989-633-3700 by 9 am at least one day before the presentation. We encourage you to come for lunch on the day of the program.