City Lights "To Infinity and Beyond: Defining the Human Limits of Space Exploration”
"To Infinity and Beyond: Defining the Human Limits of Space Exploration” by Jim Pawelczyk ’85g, Astronaut and Associate Professor of Physiology and Kinesiology. Co-Sponsored by the Penn State Eberly College of Science
March 26, 2011, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
|Where||NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston|
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This family-friendly event is a chance to feel the excitement of space exploration and flight in the company of Penn Staters and one of Penn State’s four astronaut alumni. Penn State Professor and Space Shuttle Astronaut Jim Pawelczyk will lead a tour of the Skylab training module before his program when he will discuss some of the technical and scientific hurdles that need to be overcome to allow human planetary exploration in the future. By integrating chemistry, engineering, life sciences, and social sciences, Dr. Pawelczyk will explain how humans will adapt to a 30-month trip to Mars. Plus, Penn Staters will get a behind-the-scenes look at Johnson Space Center during a narrated tram tour ride and a special tour of Mission Control.
Jim Paweczyk joined the Penn State faculty in 1995 where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. His research interests focus on neural control of the circulation, particularly skeletal muscle blood flow, as it is affected by exercise or spaceflight.In 1998, he flew aboard the space shuttle Columbia as a payload specialist for the Neurolab space shuttle mission. He logged 16 days and 6.4 million miles in space, circling the earth 256 times and conducting neuroscience experiments. Dr. Pawelczyk has testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Science and Space.
|Schedule:||9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast|
|9:30 a.m. Skylab Tour with Dr. Pawelczyk|
|10:00 a.m. Program|
|11:00 a.m Lunch|
|1:30 p.m. Tram Tour of Johnson Space Center, including Mission Control|
|Cost:||$25 Alumni Association members|
|$15 Children 6-18 (5 and under free)|
|Cost includes admission, continental breakfast, lunch, tour, and the program|