In conjunction with the Oct. 15 to 17 visit of NASAsThe Vision for Space Exploration Experiencemobile visualization unit to the South Bend area, the University of Notre Dame will sponsor a related program at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Oct 15) in the Jordan Hall of Science.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature lectures by a NASA administrator and a Notre Dame astrophysicist, as well as experiences of space visualization and observation in the Jordan Hall Observatorys Digital Visualization Theatre.
Notre Dame alumnus Mark Klem, who is project manager for Propulsion and Cryogenics Advanced Development at NASAs Glenn Research Center, will deliver the first lecture. Klem is working with the space agencys lunar lander and Orion crew vehicle development programs.
Notre Dame astrophysicist Peter Garnavich will deliver the second lecture, which will focus on research at the Large Binocular Telescope.
The event is sponsored by Notre Dames Department of Physics and its extended research community.
NASAs mobile visualization unit will be parked at John Adams High School from Monday through Wednesday and will be open for viewing by the general public from 5 to 8 p.m.
Through the exhibit, participants can glimpse NASAs plans for exploration for the next 20 years through a simulated journey into space. Interactive videos and maps complete with holographs and motion sensors guide participants through space, to the moon and Mars.