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Space Science Week 2022: Register Now!

By SpaceRef Editor
March 8, 2022
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Join Us Online for Space Science Week 2022

Join us to discuss recent advances in space science, hear from U.S. and international space agencies about upcoming projects, and explore future opportunities as part of the National Academies’ Space Science Week on March 21-24, 2022.

SPACE SCIENCE WEEK EVENTS (see below for more details)

  • Plenary Session: March 21-22 
  • Public Lecture on A Decade of Discoveries on Mars: March 22 from 6:30-7:30pm ET
  • Committee Meeting Open Sessions: March 23-24 (times vary by committee, please visit the Space Science Week website for specific agenda information)
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Plenary Session Agenda

Science Program Updates from NASA, NSF, and NOAA
March 21, 2022 from 1:30-6pm ET

Hear from NASA Deputy Administrator Pam Melroy, SMD Associate Administrator Thomas Zurbuchen, and SMD science division directors on the latest developments at NASA, followed by program updates from NSF and NOAA leadership.  Download complete agenda information on the Space Science Week website.

Keynote Talk: The State of U.S. Science and Engineering 2022
March 21, 2022 from 7-8pm ET

How is the U.S. science and engineering enterprise positioned globally? What steps does the United States need to take to maintain leadership in science and technology, given the rapid growth of research investments and capabilities in Asia? Tune in to hear from Dr. Julia Phillips on the state of U.S. science and engineering as reported to the President and Congress on Monday, March 21 from 7-8pm ET.

Updates from International Space Agencies
March 21, 2022 from 11:30am-5:30pm ET

  • Highlights from International Space Agencies from 11:30am-1:15pm ET: Hear from leaders of space agencies from across the world about their most impactful science accomplishments from the past year, followed by a preview of exciting new international missions.
  • “Reflections from the COSPAR President” from 2:10-2:45pm ET – President of the Committee on Space Research (COSPAR) Len Fisk will share an international perspective on recent developments in space exploration.
  • Panel on Space Situational Awareness and Orbital Debris Mitigation from 2:45-3:30pm ET: Space debris poses serious hazards to future human and robotic missions to Earth orbit. Hear from our panel of experts on potential mitigation strategies and future steps.
  • Orbital Debris from a Space Security Perspective from 4:30-5pm ET: Hear from Prof. Gregory Miller, of the Air Command and Staff College on the deployment of multinational and dual-use spacecraft and state accountability for space debris.
  • NASA Human Space Operations from 5-5:30pm ET: Hear from Associate Administrator Kathy Lueders on the latest updates from NASA’s human spaceflight program, including missions to low-Earth orbit and the Moon.
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A Decade of Discoveries on Mars

Recent Mars rover missions have captured our imaginations and given us brand new perspectives on our amazing planetary neighbor, from unearthing evidence of past water to exploring the extremes of Martian weather. Join us for a public lecture on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 from 6:30-7:30pm ET to hear from planetary scientist Amy Williams about key discoveries and the ongoing exploration of Mars with NASA’s Curiosity and Perseverance rovers.

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