Starlight Social

Explore the cosmos and network with young professionals during Space Center Houston’s Starlight Social 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Mingle with other space enthusiasts in our social learning environment while enjoying drinks, music and dancing.

With a new time, new activities and a new price, get your ticket online and save. Tickets online are $10.95. Tickets at the door are $12.95. Guests must be 21 or older with valid ID.

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Discover planetary science, study the stars through a professional telescope, chat with experts and enjoy live music from Darian Hernandez!

Happy hour
Take advantage of our mixed drink specials to refuel your planetary adventure. Food and beverages are available for purchase at our Launch Pad in Independence Plaza.

Casual Conversations
Chat with Lunar Planetary Institute (LPI) fellows Dr. Katie Robinson and Dr. Heather Meyer as well as University of St. Thomas professor Dr. Daniel Engfer. Find out what we know about the Moon, what we learned during the Apollo era and what mysteries still remain. Go on a virtual sightseeing tour of the seven wonders of the solar system!

Robinson is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Lunar Science and Exploration. Her previous graduate and postdoctoral research involves characterization of volatiles in silicic lunar rocks. She is particularly interested in hydrogen isotopes in lunar apatite, as it can preserve information about the source(s) of the Moon’s water. As part of her work at LPI, she studies water and hydrogen isotopes in Apollo samples and lunar meteorites, as well as carrying out uranium–lead dating of various lunar impact melts.

Meyer’s research encompasses the formation and degradation of planetary surfaces, particularly regarding impact cratering, tectonics and volcanic processes of Mars, Mercury and Europa. She has conducted research on explosive volcanic landforms on Mars, mid-sized impact basins and volcanic plains on Mercury and impact basins and tectonics on Europa. Her current research focuses on the formation of large lunar impact basins and their associated deposits. With the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera Science Team, she integrates available remote sensing datasets to derive insights into the formation and impact features. This work has implications for understanding the basin formation process, the global lunar stratigraphy and future lunar landed and sample return missions.

Engfer is a physics and astronomy professor at the University of St. Thomas. He completed his Ph.D. in physics (with a space physics specialization) at the University of Texas at Dallas, his Master of Science in geophysics at the University of Houston and his undergraduate studies at dinkinson College. His current research interests include planetary geophysics and space weather. He is a lifetime amateur astronomer and space enthusiast.

Independence Plaza

Explore the shuttle era like never before in Independence Plaza. Walk inside our high-fidelity shuttle replica Independence to get a feel for what it’s like to be an astronaut. Continue your space exploration journey by touring NASA 905, the historic shuttle carrier aircraft that ferried all six of NASA’s space shuttles. Retrace the steps of astronauts inside the historic White Room or Orbital Access Arm that was used on the launch pad during the shuttle era.

Make a memory by starlight Oct. 25. Get your tickets today!


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