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

Leading Women of NASA with Debbie Conder, Catherine Koerner and Vanessa Wyche
7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 24

From hidden figures to leading lights, these women are shaping the future of space exploration.

Join us for the next installment of our ongoing Thought Leader Series Aug. 24 featuring NASA Johnson Space Center External Relations Office Director Debbie Conder, Human Health and Performance Director Catherine Koerner and Deputy Director Vanessa Wyche.

This free event has limited seating and tickets must be presented at the door for entry.

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Part of Space Center Houston’s core purpose is to put everyone on the STEM pathway. See how space exploration fuels curiosity through the lens of these remarkable women and their achievements.

Conder’s office is at the forefront of visibility into human spaceflight – recording mission activities and special events, organizing media briefings, public ceremonies, creative exhibits, outreach programs, speaker’s bureau, public inquiries, student and teacher programs and visitor center engagement.

Koerner’s Human Health & Performance Directorate is the primary organization focused on enhancing crew health and performance and mitigating risks associated with human spaceflight. This includes space and clinical operations; biomedical research and environmental sciences; human systems engineering and development; strategic planning, benchmarking and collaboration; and open innovation.

Before being named Deputy Director, Wyche headed the Exploration Integration and Science Directorate, which is a multi-disciplined organization of civil servants and contractors. They enable human and robotic exploration of deep space leading to missions to Mars, while utilizing the International Space Station as a test bed for advanced technology. As Deputy Director, Wyche will oversee a broad range of human spaceflight activities and support new Director Mark Geyer.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from these impressive women who are shaping the future of space exploration. Get your tickets now!

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Past Thought Leader Series presentations

Astronaut debrief: Expedition 54/55

Aug. 7

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

July 14

Pioneers of Space Exploration

June 28
Retired astronauts Dr. Shannon Lucid, Dr. Rhea Seddon and Dr. Anna Fisher discuss their amazing experiences 35 years after classmate Sally Ride became the first American woman in space.

Alan Stern and David Grinspoon discuss the New Horizons mission

May 12


ESA Director General Johann Woerner

April 19


A Conversation with Apollo 13 Astronaut Fred Haise

March 16


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

Feb. 21


Astronaut debrief: Expedition 52/53

Jan. 31


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