SciFi to SciFact! An Online Special Event
Humans have been interested in the “what ifs” of science fiction for centuries, whether it be life on other planets or artificial intelligence. But how does something go from science fiction to science fact? Discover how two NASA scientists are taking concepts once deemed impossible and trying to make them possible during the SciFi to SciFact virtual event!
First, learn how Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay’s (NASA/JPL) Lunar Crater Radio Telescope could give us a glimpse into the early universe unlike anything we’ve ever seen. Then hear how Doug Willard (NASA/KSC) is working to overcome the searing temperature of the Sun’s surface to get spacecraft closer than ever before to study the Sun! You’ll hear not only about both scientists’ experiments, but how they got there, and how being a scientist was never on their radars as young children. A question and answer session will follow the presentations, so you’ll be able to ask away!
The NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Program nurtures visionary ideas that could transform future NASA missions with the creation of breakthroughs — radically better or entirely new aerospace concepts — while engaging America's innovators and entrepreneurs as partners in the journey. The program seeks innovations from diverse and non-traditional sources and NIAC projects study innovative, technically credible, advanced concepts that could one day “change the possible” in aerospace.
“Zoom” on in to discover what new scientific discoveries are just over the horizon!