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Space Frontiers Lecture Series


Rice University has a long and accomplished history of conducting scientific research of direct benefit and interest to our nation. Its high academic standing and its location in Houston, global energy capital and home of NASA and the largest medical center in the world, makes it a natural leader in a number of areas of scientific importance.

One of our goals is to create a multidisciplinary program of education and research in space-related science, technology and policy at Rice. This will be done in partnership and collaboration with local institutions and businesses, with an emphasis on providing an enhanced educational experience for our students that will propel them to the forefront of their respective fields.

We are starting this program with a public lecture series, The Houston Spaceport Frontier Lectures, designed to introduce our students and the general public to the wide array of issues involved in the pursuit of an advanced presence in space: international policy, technology innovation, commercialization, biological impacts, space science, etc.

This website provides the direct point of contact for information regarding this lecture series. We welcome your participation in the Houston Spaceport Frontier Lecture Series and will happily entertain suggestions on topics for future lectures.


Upcoming Events:

Thursday, April 19, 2018:
Inside the Bubble: Earthly Lessons from Life in a Martian Analog
Keck Hall 100





Friday February 23, 2018:
Expedition – a Docufilm by Alessandra Bonavina featuring live appearance by Astronaut Paolo Nespoli
Rice Media Center



MelvinThursday March 1, 2018: 
Living the Uncommon Life – Astronaut and NFL player Leland Melvin
Keck Hall 100




Questions? Contact Andrea Zorbas at zorbas@rice.edu.

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Our next scheduled lecture: April 19, 2018