Press Release

Experience NASA at the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival

By SpaceRef Editor
March 12, 2015
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NASA returns to the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival March 13-18, in Austin, Texas to share with festival attendees how technology drives exploration, how we are exploring Earth, the solar system and beyond, updates on the journey to Mars, and how anyone can get involved with NASA.

Eleven sessions will feature NASA topics, including a look at life on the International Space Station, the Hubble Space Telescope turning 25, and NASA prizes and challenges. For more information about NASA sessions at SXSW, please visit: 

Several NASA-related events are happening on Sunday, March 15. At 12:30 p.m. CDT, astronaut Reid Wiseman, who recently returned from six-month flight on the International Space Station, will talk about his mission conducting science and gathering data from the orbiting laboratory. 

At 3:30 p.m. at the “NASA Prizes: Dream It, Make It, Win It” panel, NASA will announce the results of the Asteroid Data Hunter challenge, which kicked off during last year’s SXSW festival. Panelists will highlight how amateur astronomers and citizen scientists everywhere can be an asteroid hunter.

The space community at SXSW will come together for a NASA Meet Up with fellow space enthusiasts and NASA engineers, scientists, astronauts, researchers, technicians, and more at 5 p.m. at the JW Marriott in Austin.

At 8 p.m., IMAX will provide a complimentary screening of Hubble 3-D at the Bob Bullock IMAX Theatre for members of the public. Following the screening, some of the team behind NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, including Dr. John Grunsfeld, astronaut and associate administrator of NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, will discuss Hubble’s accomplishments in the last 25 years. The Bob Bullock IMAX Theatre is at 1800 N. Congress Avenue in Austin.

In addition to the sessions, participants at SXSW can visit the “Experience NASA” exhibit March 15-18 at the SXSW Tradeshow in the Austin Convention Center. Festival attendees can learn about how to collaborate with NASA on citizen science projects, participate in NASA prizes and challenges, and get the latest information on exciting NASA mission, which include exploring other planets, examining Earth, improving air travel and getting ready to launch humans to deep space.

The Northrop Grumman Corporation is highlighting NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope in an exhibit at the SXSW Gaming Expo at the Palmer Events Center March 13-15. The Webb Telescope exhibit will feature touch screens to show science visualizations and other videos. Visitors can talk with scientists and engineers who will share how Webb will inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to push the boundaries of science and technology. 

Missions and programs presenting at SXSW will provide updates from their sessions via their mission social media accounts. Festival attendees are encouraged to share what they learn about NASA throughout the SXSW Interactive Festival by tagging social media posts, pictures and more with #NASASXSW.

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SpaceRef staff editor.