Instead of Saturday Morning Cartoons, I'm going to be checking out some of the live webcast for Beyond the Cradle: Envisioning a New Space Age. Roy Two Thousand and I are both space nuts and used to watch the NASA channel for hours as kids (yeah... that's a thing when you grow up in the SF Bay Area). I'm super curious about the direction and tone of the presentations and talks. The MIT Media Lab's live streaming events I've attended previously were a little too corporate in their language and presentation, but this has an nice spectrum of speakers so I definitely feel it's worth exploring :)
(Oh - and if you like the photo at the top of the page, NASA has a feed of free to use h-res photos available through Unsplash. They make great backgrounds and wallpapers. I have one on my laptop right now.)
Saturday March 10, 2018 || 8:00am — 6:00pm (I assume EST)
I've inserted the video overview and agenda below for easy access.
8:00am | Breakfast and registration
9:00am | Welcome and kickoff—“Houston, we are GO for launch” Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab and Dr. Maria T. Zuber, VP for Research, MIT
9:15am | Morning Keynote Rai Weiss, Professor of Physics, Emeritus, MIT; 2017 Nobel Laureate
9:45am | Plenary Address and Panel: Our Sci-Fi Space Future
  • Moderator: Joseph Paradiso, Professor, MIT Media Lab; PI, Responsive Environments Group
  • Neal Stephenson, Author; Chief Futurist, Magic Leap
  • Eliza McNitt, Writer and Director; creator of SPHERES and FISTFUL OF STARS
  • Nnedi Okorafor, Author; Professor, University of Buffalo, New York (SUNY)
10:30am | Break
10:45am | Session 1 | Please choose one track.
(A) Space Industry Talk: Blue Origin
  • Rob Meyerson, Senior VP, Advanced Development Programs, Blue Origin
(B) Democratizing "Open Space" Panel: defining new modes of engagement in LEO and beyond
  • Moderator: Jim Bell, Planetary Scientist, ASU and Cornell University; President, The Planetary Society
  • Danielle Wood, Assistant Professor and Director, Space Enabled research group, MIT Media Lab
  • Hajime Yano, Assistant Professor, Laboratory for Astrobiology and Astromaterial (LABAM),  ISAS/JAXA
  • Jordi Puig-Suari, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • Julien Cantegreil, Chairman of the Board, AsterIdea
11:15am | Session 2 | Please choose one track.
(A) Space Industry Talk: Planetary Resources
  • Chris Lewicki, President and CEO, Planetary Resources
(B) Space and the Arts Panel: new visions for humanity’s interplanetary future
  • Moderator: Honor Harger, Executive Director, ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands
  • Nicholas de Monchaux, Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley; Director, Center for New Media
  • Nicole Stott, ret. NASA astronaut; Artist
  • Tom Sachs, Artist
  • Sarah Jane Pell, Artist and Simulation Astronaut (AU)
11:45am | Session 3 | Please choose one track.
(A) Space Industry & Research Talk: MIT STAR Lab
  • Kerri Cahoy, Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; PI, MIT STAR Lab
(B) Frontiers for Life in Space Panel: from human physiology to astrobiology and exoplanets
  • Moderator: Alexandra Pontefract, Postdoctoral Associate, Earth and Planetary Science, MIT
  • Christopher Mason, Associate Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine; WorldQuant (WQ) Scholar and Director
  • Darlene Lim, PI for NASA BASALT mission; Geobiologist, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Franck Marchis, Senior Planetary Astronomer, SETI Institute;  Chief Scientific Officer at Unistellar
  • Sara Seager, Professor of Planetary Science and Physics, MIT
12:30pm | Lunch
1:30pm | Session 4 | Please choose one track.
(A) Space Industry Talk
  • Paul Wooster, Principal Mars Development Engineer, SpaceX
(B) The Future of Space Research Panel: where we’ll be in 10, 50, and 100 years
  • Moderator: Dava Newman, Apollo Program Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, MIT
  • Blakesley Burkhart, Postdoctoral Associate, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
  • Jennifer Rocca, Project Systems Engineer for Planetary & Astrophysics Missions, Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Tim Shank, PI for Molecular Ecology and Evolution Lab, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
  • Ariel Waldman, founder, and Science Hack Day; NASA NIAC external council
2:00pm | Afternoon Keynote
Nahum, Artist and Musician
  1. Design Your Space Future
  2. Exploration, Simulation and Analogs: From Oceans to Space
  3. Future of Space Architecture
  4. Local Space Innovation
  5. Native Space-Farer: From Pregnancy to Early Childhood Development in Space
  6. Space and the Body: From Augmentation to Fashion
  7. Zero G-ames
4:00pm | Break
4:15pm | Event Finale
4:15 - Plenary Panel: Astronaut Augury Featuring astronauts and spaceflight explorers from around the planet.
  • Moderator: Ariel Ekblaw, Founder and Lead, MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative
  • Cady Coleman, ret. NASA Astronaut
  • Denis Matveev, Cosmonaut
  • Paolo Nespoli, ESA Astronaut and Engineer
5:00 - Plenary Panel: The New Space Age Hear from leaders at the vanguard of the private space industry on their vision for the future of space exploration.
  • Moderator: Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab
  • Carissa Bryce Christensen, Founder and CEO, Bryce Space Technology
  • Debra D. Facktor, Vice President and General Manager, Strategic Operations, Ball Aerospace 
  • Chris Lewicki, President and CEO, Planetary Resources
  • Rob Meyerson, Senior VP, Advanced Development Programs, Blue Origin
5:45pm | Closing Remarks
Ariel Ekblaw, Founder and Lead, MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative



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looking forward to some space action!!
btw - here is an amazing link to a never ending supply of hi res timelapse images from the space station, you can download the rendered video and the individual hi res frames!
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Sounds like we should have a category for Space!
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