TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique: “Look Up! Space Satellites and Space Junk”

Saturday, March 16, 9:30-11:00am

Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science & Technology, Syracuse NY


In the last decade, the number of objects in orbit has reached a point at which a chain reaction becomes inevitable.  The number of objects keeps growing as more and more collisions occur, resulting in more break-ups.  This talk will cover the potential impact of the growing number of objects in space, as well as some of the various types of space satellites and the orbits in which they reside.

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A representation of satellites and larger pieces of space debris around Earth.
From universetoday.com. Click on the image for a full article.

People interested in learning more about objects in space are invited to attend the free Junior Cafe presentation on Saturday, March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Milton J. Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in Syracuse’s Armory Square. Walk-ins are welcome, but we ask that people RSVP by emailing jrcafe@tacny.org by March 13, 2013.

Presenter: Misty Blowers, PhD, is a Member of the TACNY Board of Directors, a Research Scientist at the United States Air Force, and an Adjunct Professor at Syracuse University.  Dr. Blowers currently works at the Air Force Research Laboratory in Rome, New York, as a Research Scientist.  She has a multi-faceted background in both chemical engineering and computer science.  Dr. Blowers specializes in applying artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques to help identify space objects close to the earth (like satellites and space debris).  She holds degrees from both the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry and from Syracuse University. She will be joined by Jason Moore, Technical Lead for Advanced Visualization and Interactive Displays, Air Force Research Laboratory, Information Directive, Rome, New York.

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique

TACNY Junior Cafe Scientifique, a program for middle-school students founded in 2005, features discussions about topics in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics in an informal atmosphere and seeks to encourage students to consider careers in these areas. Students must be accompanied by an adult and can explore the MOST at no cost after the event.

Technology Alliance of Central New York

Founded in 1903 as the Technology Club of Syracuse, the nonprofit Technology Alliance of Central New York’s mission is to facilitate community awareness, appreciation, and education of technology; and to collaborate with like-minded organizations across Central New York.

For more information about TACNY, visit www.tacny.org.

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