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: Life Beyond Earth in Space and Time
7 p.m. March 20

Water. Energy. Organics.

Is there life on other planets? Those three things could help NASA answer that question.

NASA chief scientist Dr. James Green will discuss NASA’s search for life beyond Earth in space and time at the next installment of our Thought Leader Series at 7 p.m. March 20. Find out how and where NASA searches for signs of life beyond Earth and what they’ve found so far.

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Dr. Green will share his NASA mission experiences and discuss how NASA uses rovers and spacecraft to study the geology and atmospheres of other planets and moons in our solar system to search for signs of life.

Green has managed numerous NASA missions from Mercury to Pluto that have ushered in a golden age of planetary exploration. These missions include the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity, and the New Horizons mission to Pluto and beyond. Currently, he is engaged in a variety of future NASA science missions, such as the next Mars rover and the Europa Clipper.

Before becoming NASA chief scientist, Green was the director of the planetary science division at NASA Headquarters. Under his leadership several missions have been successfully executed, the MESSENGER spacecraft to Mercury, the Juno spacecraft to Jupiter, the Grail spacecraft to the Moon, and the Dawn spacecraft to Vesta and Ceres.

Green also has contributed significantly to scientific knowledge through 115 scientific articles in scholarly journals about heliophysics and planetary science and over 50 technical articles on data systems and networks.

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Past Thought Leader Series presentations

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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