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

Thought Leader Series: International Space Station
7 p.m. Jan. 24

In his State of the Union address on Jan. 25, 1984, President Ronald Reagan directed NASA to build an international space station within a decade. By 2000, ISS has its first permanent residents and has allowed human to live continuously in space ever since.

Join us at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 for the next installment of our ongoing Thought Leader Series to discuss the incredible achievements and continuing mission of ISS. NASA ISS program manager Kirk Shireman and Boeing ISS program manager Mark Mulqueen will discuss the beginnings of ISS, its current activities and future plans.

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

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Fun Facts about ISS

  • 230 individuals from 18 countries have visited the International Space Station
  • In 24 hours, the space station makes 16 orbits of Earth, traveling through 16 sunrises and sunsets
  • The living and working space in the station is larger than a six-bedroom house (and has six sleeping quarters, two bathrooms, a gym, and a 360-degree view bay window).
  • The solar array wingspan (240 feet) is about the same length as the world’s largest passenger aircraft, the Airbus A380.
  • The space station is 357 feet end-to-end, one yard shy of the full length of an American football field including the end zones.
  • More than 50 computers control the systems on the space station.
  • On-orbit software monitors approximately 350,000 sensors, ensuring station and crew health and safety.

Shireman was named program manager of ISS in 2015 after serving as deputy director of NASA Johnson Space Center for two years. Shireman was deputy ISS program manager from 2006 to 2013.
Mulqueen has been with Boeing for more than 30 years and has worked with ISS since 2004. His current responsibilities include overall integration and operations of ISS, providing sustaining engineering and implementing vehicle enhancements.

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Past Thought Leader Series presentations

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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