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.

Past Thought Leader Series presentations

An Evening With Glynn Lunney

Nov. 15

STS-95: John Glenn’s Second Spaceflight

Nov. 8

The center brought together experts from the space shuttle mission STS-95 to discuss the anniversary of John Glenn’s second spaceflight aboard the shuttle orbiter Discovery. STS-95 astronaut Dr. Scott Parazynski, flight surgeon Dr. Phil Stepaniak and mission science investigator Dr. Bill Paloski discuss sending a 77-year-old Glenn back into space.

Apollo – The Golden Age of Spaceflight
with astronaut Walt Cunningham

Oct. 5

NASA Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer
Sept. 10

Hear from JSC director Mark Geyer on his new job, his public service career and the future of JSC and human space exploration.

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

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