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Opening Ceremony | June 8th, 2015

The ISU SSP15 Opening Ceremony took place at the Walter Hall Rotunda on June 8th. Each of the participants entered the rotunda presenting their country's colors.

John Connolly, Director of the 2015 Space Studies Program served as the emcee for the event which kicks off the 9 week program in Athens, Ohio.

Speakers at the event were:
Walter Peeters, President of ISU
Roderick McDavis, President of Ohio University
Sunita Williams, NASA Astronaut,
James Free, Director of NASA Glenn Research Center
Dennis Irwin, Dean of Russ College of Engineering and Technology
and Peter Diamandis, Co-Founder of International Space University

The Hubble Space Telescope | June 11th, 2015

Jeff Hoffman, NASA Astronaut and MIT Professor, gave a distinguished lecture about The Hubble Space Telescope on June 11th, 2015 as a part of the International Space University Space Studies Program 2015.

Since its launch, the Hubble Space Telescope has become one of the most extraordinary and beloved space science missions, and has provided some of the most memorable images of the cosmos. But the telescope was not an immediate suggess - without the work performed by the STS-61 crew, including astronomer and NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman, the Hubble could have been a scientific disaster. Dr. Hoffman will recall his shuttle missions and his experience as a space telescope "repair man", and how those repairs have led to the telescope becoming one of the greatest science instruments ever built.

Recorded on June 11th, 2015 by Kevin Price, WOUB.

Astronaut Panel | June 17th, 2015

The International Astronaut Panel is a longstanding highlight of the SSP sessions. ISU participants and the public have the opportunity to interact with this outstanding group of spaceflight veterans who represent years of international space flight experience on most every vehicle that has taken humans into space. Their experiences vary from 3-day sorties to the surface of the moon to year-long expeditions aboard space stations.

The panelists are:
Harrison "Jack" Schmitt
Soyeon Yi
Paolo Nespoli
Robert Thirsk

The panel is moderated by Dennis Irwin, Russ College of Engineering and Technology

New Economics of Space Access | June 18th, 2015

Providing commercial opportunities to fly payloads into space in an affordable way will open doors for many scientists, engineers, and researchers to get their experiments and flight hardware into orbit. In this panel, experts will explore current and planned efforts to expedite getting payloads to orbit in a more streamlined and affordable way.

Panelists include:

  • Dave Bearden (Moderator)
  • Debra Emmons
  • Bob Bitten
  • Jim McLeroy
  • Tom Adang
  • Rob Alexander

Entrepreneurial Space Panel | June 23rd, 2015

An evening of insightful 'to and fro' conversation with proven space entrepreneurs who are leading advances in the global space markets with new services, products, and technologies and all with deep ISU connections.

Panelists include:

  • Chris Stott (Moderator)
  • Jeffrey Manber
  • Michael Potter
  • Will Marshall

ISU SSP 15 - Arthur C. Clarke Panel | June 24th, 2015

The world class "Where Space Meets Popular Culture" inaugural event was held at Ohio University on June 24th, 2015 in the Baker Center Ballroom. The event focused on the intersection of Hollywood and Science. Panelists include:

  • Harry Kloor
  • Michael Potter
  • Mike Resnick
  • John Beck-Hoffmann
  • Daniel St. Pierre
  • and a special virtual introduction from Joe Pelton.

The American Space Program | June 25th, 2015

Distinguished Lecture by: John Logsdon (George Washington University)

The 1961 decision by U.S. President John Kennedy to send astronauts to the moon "before this decade is out" remains the most dramatic choice in space history, and on July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong took 'one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.' The success of the Apollo 11 mission satisfied the goal that had been set by the US president, but also raised the question 'What do you do next, after landing on the Moon?' It fell to President Richard M. Nixon to answer this question, and their response has changed the course of the US space program ever since. ISU faculty member John Logsdon, author of the 2010 book "John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon" and the 2015 book "After Apollo?: Richard Nixon and the American Space Program" will discuss the reasons for Kennedy's decision and the steps the young president took to turn the decision into a successful Apollo program, and will discuss the deliberations by President Richard Nixon to to end the Apollo program and put the US space program on a different course.

Filmed by WOUB on June 25th, 2015.

Robotics Competition | June 26th, 2015

Thanks to LEGO kits, talent, and a lot of imagination, ISU participants assisted by robotics experts will design and build autonomous robots following precise specifications to simulate planetary exploration. Robots will have to avoid obstacles and collect the most "gemstones" in the shortest given time.

Their performance will be evaluated by a group of international experts.

Filmed by WOUB on June 26th, 2015

Future of Human Spaceflight | June 29th, 2015

The panel will address the perspectives for human spaceflight in the mid- and long-term, i.e. next 20 years and beyond. The next destinations for human missions are the Moon and its environment (cis-lunar space), Near-Earth Asteroids (NEAs) and Mars (including its moons). An international group called ISECG (International Space Exploration Coordination Group) and composed of representatives of most space agencies around the globe is actively working on establishing a global exploration roadmap to those destinations. Panelists will discuss challenges and opportunities for collaboration in realizing their individual and common space exploration goals.

Most panelists are or have been members of the ISECG. They will present the inter-agency work preparing for global human exploration. In particular, issues like the architecture of human exploration missions beyond Low Earth Orbit, the science and technology contents of such missions as well as their outreach will be addressed. In addition, concepts of human/robotic partnership for exploration will be discussed.

Panel Includes:
Francois Spiero
Kathy Laurini
Jean-Jacques Favier
and David Kendall

Filmed by Kevin Price, WOUB on June 29th, 2015.