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Bob Ash (Old Dominion University)

In the blockbuster hit, The Martian, Matt Damon escapes Mars by using a spacecraft based on real-life technology created years ago by Bob Ash. Now a smaller version of that same design, called MOXIE, is going to Mars in 2020.

16 mins

Art and Science: A Match Made in the Heavens

Matt Wallin (Virginia Commonwealth University)

As a visual effects artist on movies like Star Wars, Watchmen, and Jurassic Park, Matt Wallin has built his career on melding art with science. At the prestigious MARS conference, hosted by Jeff Bezos, he spoke about how the arts inspire science and drive technological innovation. 

12 mins

Diamond Worlds and Super Earths

Michael Summers (George Mason University)

In his book Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System, astronomy professor and NASA scientist Michael Summers shares the latest research on planets beyond this solar system.

16 mins

Science in the Spotlight

Denise Gillman (Christopher Newport University)

What happens when science is brought to the stage? Denise Gillman directs plays that explore science themes and has created a new online catalogue of science plays which includes: The Five Hysterical Girls TheoremThe Flue BallThe Einstein Project, and Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie.

8 mins

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