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

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

Outer space is not completely empty, but it doesn’t contain much water, certainly not enough to drown an astronaut. Imagine the surprise and terror facing Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano when that fate almost befell him in 2013.

The story of his near-tragic spacewalk and the people who worked to keep him alive will be told July 14 7-8:30 p.m. at the next installment of our Thought Leader Series.

Space City Films’ documentary, EVA 23, recounts Parmitano’s spacewalk that was cut short when his helmet filled with water, nearly drowning him. The movie discusses why it happened, how he responded and what NASA has learned about working in low Earth orbit.

Stay after the screening of the 25-minute movie for a Q&A with Parmitano, fellow astronaut Chris Cassidy and former ISS Chief Engineer Chris Hansen. This free event has limited seating and tickets must be presented at the door for entry.

Past Thought Leader Series presentations

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