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Friday, April 12, 2019
Conversation with NASA Administrator
Jim Bridenstine

Thursday, April 4, 2019
Apollo 50-year Recollections
George Abbey

Wednesday,March 6, 2019
Journey to the Sun
Nicky Fox

Thursday, January 31, 2019
Expanding Space: Creating the Next Generation of Space Explorers
Helen Reed


Thursday, November 15, 2018
Pushing the Extraordinary

Mae Jemison

Tuesday, October 16, 2018
50 Years at NASA

Victor Murray

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
NASA Technology: For the Benefit of Mankind
Steven Gonzalez

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Inside the Bubble: Earthly Lessons from Life in a Martian Analog
Brian Ramos

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Living the Uncommon Life
Leland Melvin

Friday, February 23, 2018
Expedition – a Docufilm by Alessandra Bonavina featuring live appearance by Astronaut Paolo Nespoli
Alessandra Bonavina and Paolo Nespoli

Thursday, January 25, 2018
Making Big Miracles Happen
Thomas Zurbuchen


Thursday, November 30, 2017
Voyager at 40: Opening up the Solar System
Paul Schenk

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Using Shadows to Shed New Light
James Green

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
The Future of Commercial Space Transportation
George Nield

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Failure is not an option:  Embodying the Credo, ‘We Do This Not Because It Is Easy but Because It Is Hard
Fred Haise (Apollo 13 astronaut) with special Guest Ellen Ochoa (Director, JSC)
In conjunction with the Rice Presidential Lecture Series

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Probing the Solar Corona: Close Encounters with the Sun
Holly Gilbert

Thursday, February 23, 2017
God and Rockets: The Who? What? and Why? of the Space Revolution
Rick Tumlinson

Thursday, February 2, 2017
Thinking Outside the Sphere: A life in pursuit of Space and Thoughts about the Future
Bonnie Dunbar


Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Exploring Human Tolerance for Commercial Space Tourism
Charles Mather

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Blurred Lines: Civil, Commercial, and National Security Space
Chirag Parikh

Thursday, September 7, 2016
NASA’s Journey to Mars and Beyond
Dava Newman

Thursday, March 31, 2016
The Texas Space Landscape

David Alexander

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Advancing the Frontiers of Space Science
Laurie Leshin and Jon Morse

January 21, 2016
Are we truly “alone”? The Search for Life in the Universe
Lynn Rothschild


October 29, 2015
Revolutionizing Access to Space
Will Pomerantz

October 6, 2015
Space: The Final Healthcare Frontier
Dorit Donoviel, Ph.D.

September 3, 2015
13 Things That Saved Apollo 13
Jerry Woodfill

April 15, 2015
Pathways to Exploration: Rationales and Approaches for a U.S. Program of Human Space Exploration
Mary Lynne Dittmar

March 19, 2015
The Hidden Ocean of Europe: Future Exploration and Prospects for Life
Robert T. Pappalardo

February 6, 2015
Dare to Dream: Travels of a private space explorer
Anousheh Ansari

January 14, 2015
The Changing Face of Space Economics
Stuart Martin


November 19, 2014
ADRIFT: Does America have a future in space?
Eric Berger

October 22, 2014
Under Construction: Paving the Road to Space Settlement
Kellie Gerardi 

September 11, 2014
Changing the Culture of Human Spaceflight: How We Returned the Space Shuttle to Flight after Columbia
Wayne Hale

April 3, 2014
Suspended in a Sunbeam: How the Sun Influences Earth, from Surface to Space
Judith Lean, Ph.D.

March 13, 2014
Servicing the Hubble Space Telescope
Mike Massimino, Ph.D.

February 27, 2014
NewSpace: A Great Innovation Economy Emerges
Richard M. David

February 5, 2014
NASA 4.0: The Evolution of America’s Human Space Exploration Program
Mark K. Craig




November 19, 2013
Whose fault is it anyway? The policics and policy of commercial space pay to play
Maria-Vittoria “Giugi” Carminati, JD

September 19, 2013
Techno-Stories from Space
Donald R. Pettit, Ph.D.

March 21, 2013
Reaching for Your Own Special Star
Alan Bean 

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November 1, 2012
The Boldest Mission to Mars Ever
Bobak Ferdowski & Ravi Prakash
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October 23, 2012
Lights, camera, blast-off! Making IMAX movies in space

Toni Myers
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September 12, 2012
Failure is Not an Option

Gene Kranz
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This lecture commemorated the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s “To the Moon” speech from Rice Stadium

March 22, 2012
Exit Strategy: Profit, Cosmology, and the Future of Humans in Space
David Valentine, Ph.D.

February 16, 2012
Catching Shadows: Kepler’s Quest for New Worlds
Natalie Batalha, Ph.D.


November 9, 2011
Long Duration Space Flight – Preparing for and Living on the International Space Station
Shannon Walker, PhD

October 27, 2011
Heavens Above: Space Exploration and the Religious Imagination
Jeff Kripal, Ph.D.

September 14, 2011
The Greatest Obstacle to the Human Space Program

Norman R. Augustine, M. S. E.
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April 21, 2011
50 Years of Humans in Space: The Biological Impact
Bobby R. Alford, MD

March 10, 2011
Fast Missions to Mars and Beyond: Developing the VASIMR Engine
Franklin Chang Diaz, PhD

February 24, 2011
Space Weather: Shaping the Earth’s Space Environment
Louis J. Lanzerottti, PhD

January 20, 2011
The Adventure and Wonder of Space Research
Loren Acton, PhD




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