Thought Leader Series

Ignite your curiosity and grow your passion for space and science at our monthly Thought Leader Series. The best and brightest minds examine the significance of historic missions, share the latest news in space exploration and look ahead to the future of space travel. This immersive series takes guests beyond our walls to provide inspiring, engaging and educational learning experiences.

Upcoming Thought Leader Series presentation


Apollo 10 with astronaut Tom Stafford
7 p.m. April 25


Apollo 10 set the stage for Neil Armstrong’s historic steps on the Moon.

It did so with a bit of a twist, flying to the lunar rendezvous aboard Charlie Brown and coming within eight nautical miles of the Moon’s surface in Snoopy.

Find out more about this dress rehearsal mission in the next installment of our ongoing Thought Leader Series at 7 p.m. April 25 from Apollo 10 commander Gen. Thomas Stafford.

Hear about the eight-day mission and how it tested all the components and procedures used by the first Moon landing in July 1969.

This free event has limited seating and requires a separate ticket which must be presented at the door for entry.

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Cognition Here and Beyond
7 p.m. May 3

Join us for the next installment of our ongoing Thought Leader Series on May 3. Titled Cognition Here and Beyond, a panel will discuss autism and human health and performance.

Panelists include Space Center Houston scientist-in-residence Dr. John Charles, UT-Dallas professor Dr. Pamela Rollins and CEO and author Kerry Magro.

Magro will sign his three books starting at 6:15 p.m.

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Past Thought Leader Series presentations

Thought Leader Series: Life Beyond Earth in Space and Time

March 20


Applications of lessons learned from human space flight tragedies

Feb. 25


International Space Station

Jan. 24


An Evening With Glynn Lunney

Nov. 15, 2018


STS-95: John Glenn’s Second Spaceflight

Nov. 8, 2018


Apollo – The Golden Age of Spaceflight with astronaut Walt Cunningham

Oct. 5, 2018


NASA Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer

Sept. 10, 2018


Leading Women of NASA with Debbie Conder, Catherine Koerner and Vanessa Wyche

Aug. 24, 2018


Astronaut debrief: Expedition 54/55

Aug. 7, 2018


Movie premiere and Q&A with EVA 23 astronauts Luca Parmitano, Chris Cassidy and former ISS Chief Engineer Chris Hansen

July 14, 2018


Pioneers of Space Exploration with retired astronauts Dr. Shannon Lucid, Dr. Rhea Seddon and Dr. Anna Fisher

June 28, 2018


Alan Stern and David Grinspoon discuss the New Horizons mission

May 12, 2018


ESA Director General Johann Woerner

April 19, 2018


A Conversation with Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise

March 16, 2018


Dr. John Logsdon talks John F. Kennedy, Project Apollo and the 21st Century Space Program

Feb. 21, 2018


Astronaut debrief: Expedition 52/53

Jan. 31, 2018


Q&A with author Andy Weir

Nov. 17, 2017


45th Anniversary of Apollo 17 Remembered

July 20, 2017


Apollo Lunar Surface Exploration – EVA and Lunar Rover

July 20, 2017


Saturn Booster Operations – Saturn V Launch and S-IVB Trans-Lunar Insertion

July 20, 2017


Apollo Landing and Recovery Operations and Astronaut Post-Landing Quarantine

July 20, 2017


Mars Exploration Forum with NASA Johnson Space Center Director and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Director

Jan. 20, 2017


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