First Fridays at Chabot Space & Science Center

Public talks

Tags: Planetary Exploration, Mars, Solar System

Time: Friday, Oct 05, 2018 -

Location: Chabot Space & Science Center, Oakland, CA

Each $5 First Friday at Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages! Join us each month for hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. Each month there will be new things to explore!

Some activities have limited capacity and are first come, first served. $5 admission begins at 6pm, and does not apply from 10am-5pm. The Center is closed to the general public between 5-6pm (with the exceptions of current CSSC members) and reopens at 6pm for $5 First Friday.

Join SETI Institute Research Scientist JR Skok and AstroReality to explore the planets in your hands!

About AstroReality: 
New technologies are able to connect us to Space like never before. Dr. Skok is working with the local company, AstroReality, to use Augmented Reality to put the planets into your hands. AstroReality is developing scale models of the Moon, Earth and Solar System so that you can explore the topography of the worlds around us. These are then paired with Augmented Reality that you can use on your phones to explore the maps and datasets of the planets.

Made of Mars
Learn about how scientists are building a future Made of Mars! The key to building in Space will be to build locally, to transform the materials and minerals of Space into everything that we will need to survive and thrive. We know the materials that exist on Mars, the Moon and asteroids throughout the Solar System. We can use the same minerals found on Earth to build the things we need now. Made of Mars will work on the research and design needed to develop this technology and the products made from these materials.

About Made of Mars:
The journey beyond Earth is one of the most exciting and demanding challenges that we have ever attempted. It will require the work and innovation of millions of passionate explorers to realize. Until now, the journey to Space has been a difficult one to participate in. Most people can only follow along with the successes of NASA and other organizations. Made of Mars was founded by Dr. Skok to develop the technology we will need to build beyond Earth and connect you directly to that journey.

Made of Mars will begin with the most abundant rock throughout the Solar System, volcanic basalt. This rock can be melted down, pulled into threads and woven into fabrics and made into products. Made of Mars is using these fabrics to make wallets and laptop cases to put the material and the journey into your hands. Each purchase, each review and suggestion will help us development the technology we need to build beyond Earth.

Bio: John Roma (J.R.) Skok, Ph.D, is a planetary scientist at the SETI Institute, Founder of the company Made of Mars, and the Science Advisor to AstroReality. He has spent his career exploring the geology of Mars and working to communicate that story to the public. Dr. Skok will be presenting two exciting projects at the Chabot Space and Science Center that will let you put the exploration of space into your hands.

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