Indiana Family Star Party
and Greatcon 2018
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Rafael Lang is an associate professor in the Purdue Physics and Astronomy department. He is on a quest to understand what the Universe is made of and so he is working to understand Dark Matter and Dark Energy.
Things you didn't know about astronomy
Ron has been an avid amateur astronomer approaching 66 years, and has been a collector of meteorites for over 25 years. He is found observing at various star parties, dark sky sites and his backyard observatory and attempting to process astro-images and studying and growing his meteorite collection. Presentations to local and regional organizations, school groups, astronomy clubs, and others on a wide range of space and astronomical topics help promote interest in and appreciation for science and astronomy. Ron serves as the Chair of the Great Lakes Region of the Astronomical League and was the Executive Secretary of the Astronomical League.
Where We Have Been, Where We Are Going, and How We Are Going To Get There (Maybe)
B.J. Austin is president of IN Space, an aerospace propulsion research and development company in West Lafayette focusing on technologies to improve space exploration and space commercialization. B.J.s talk will review human exploration for space so far, discuss current plans by NASA and private companies to send people to low Earth orbit and beyond, and cover potential options for future missions.