Cork – the final frontier : Public events announced for Summer Space Studies Programme

To Cork and Beyond! Matthew Sullivan (8) and Declan Kerr (6) create a ‘buzz’ as they launch the public events programme for the most prestigious space event in the world, which is coming to Cork this summer. Pic: Clare Keogh

THE most prestigious space event in the world is coming to Cork this summer. The International Space University (ISU) is hosting its 30th Space Studies Programme (SSP17) at Cork Institute of Technology (C.I.T) from 26th June to 25th August.

The intense 9 week programme will attract 320 international space professionals from 26 countries, including 5 astronauts, who will examine all aspects of space and its related enterprises; from Engineering, Science, and Applications to Law, Business, Humanities, and Human Performance in outer space.

In addition to the official elements of the programme reserved for delegates, C.I.T. and Blackrock Castle Observatory are also running an extensive public engagement programme. Over 50 public events, aimed at young and old alike, will take place across Cork city and county and throughout the island of Ireland to raise awareness of the opportunities and challenges which our exploration of the Universe offers us.

Chancellor of the ISU, Apollo 11 Astronaut and one of the first humans to walk on the moon Dr Buzz Aldrin will open the 2017 Space Studies Program in Cork on Monday 26th June 2017 at an invitation-only ceremony. Commenting, Dr. Aldrin said, “This extensive programme will raise public awareness of the benefits, challenges and inspiration of Space Exploration and other space endeavours. I’m looking forward to my time in Cork and hope to experience many of the exciting events while there.”

Buzz Aldrin’s public lecture at C.I.T. on Tuesday 27th June at 8pm, promises to be a highlight of the public events series. Tickets are free and will be available from 12:00 noon on June 7. Seating, however, is limited and booking is on a first come, first served basis.

Attracting someone with the status of Dr. Aldrin to the event is seen as a considerable coup for C.I.T. Dr. Niall Smith, Head of Research at C.I.T., who led the pitch to bring ISU’s SSP17 to Cork, said, “We feel exceptionally honoured that Dr. Aldrin has agreed to attend this unique event. He was an integral part of the most pioneering space programmes of their time having participated in both the Gemini and Apollo series of missions. He has continued his lifelong association with space in academia and in space engineering and is an ongoing inspiration to all of us who admire him for his brilliance and personal courage. When the current generation of space scientists speak of standing on the shoulders of giants, Buzz Aldrin is one of those giants.”

There are lots more exciting public events taking place over the summer. From June 21st to 23rd, there will a giant replica of the moon, measuring seven metres in diameter, at the Nexus Hall in C.I.T. open to the public to view. This Museum of the Moon, designed by Luke Jerram, is a partnership between C.I.T and Cork Midsummer Festival. The fascinating installation features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.


Another major highlight is the
International Astronaut Panel on Tuesday July 4th. The public will have the opportunity to interact with an outstanding group of astronauts – Dan Tani, Nicole Stott, Robert Thirsk and Yi So-yeon – who represent over 30 years of international spaceflight experience ranging from the Spacelab, to the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station. Again, tickets for this free event and are expected to book out quickly.


People can watch a Robotics Competition on Friday 14
th July, when ISU participants will design and build autonomous robots to navigate an unknown world and collect samples, and there will also be a thrilling Model Rocket Launch Competition at C.I.T. Sports Ground on July 23rd. Young people can hone their own rocket building skills in advance at Blackrock Castle Observatory’s 10th annual Space Camps.

On June 29th NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman will discuss his involvement in the Hubble Space Telescope, one of the most extraordinary and beloved space science missions. There will also be talks on the Space Policy Decisions of John Kennedy and Richard Nixon on 3rd July.

Other public lectures will challenge if we are alone in the Universe and explore the possibilities of finding evidence of technological life beyond Earth, and how the future direction of education will impact the field of space exploration, understanding and how we can use that knowledge for the benefit of humankind.

A number of events will be of interest to businesses looking to expand into the space industry, including a Space Entrepreneurs Panel on July 5th when proven space entrepreneurs who are leading advances in the global space markets will give insights into new services, products and technologies. A Geopolitics and the Future of Exploration Panel on July 19th will discuss the strategic, policy, and operational environment for space science and exploration activities in the years ahead, focusing on the biggest opportunities leaders see for programs in the next decade. A Young Leaders in the Space Industry panel on July 25th will discuss young leaders’ career paths and how ISU can help shape their future, and an Innovation Panel on August 2nd will explore innovative solutions facing the space industry.

Jim Dator, editor in chief of the World’s Future Review, will be at Blackrock Castle on June 30th speaking about What lies ahead in Space Exploration and for us as a species. NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott will appear at the Crawford Art Gallery on July 6th with leading Space Architect, Dr Barbara Imhof, in a panel discussion on Art, STEM & Space. Cork County Library also offers a star studded programme compiled with Blackrock Castle Observatory at branches across the county.

These are just a small selection of the public events taking place over the summer. Tickets to these events are free and will be available from Wednesday 7th June 2017 on a first come first served basis on http://ssp17.ie/get-involved/public/. Other events that are being run in association with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and Cork County Libraries are available to book on www.bco.ie/events/ and www.corkcoco.ie/Library.

For more see www.ssp17.ie #OurSpaceOurTime #SummerofSpace #SSP17.

Summer of Space Events

SSP17 events, CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory Events

BUZZ ALDRIN PUBLIC LECTURE

Tuesday 27 June • 8:00pm • Nexus Hall, CIT

Dr Buzz Aldrin – Chancellor of the International Space University and the second man to walk on the Moon will kick off the Summer of Space with a public lecture in CIT’s Nexus Hall.

Buzz Aldrin earned his Doctorate of Science in Astronautics at MIT and wrote his thesis on Manned Orbital Rendezvous. He was selected by NASA in 1963 into the third group of astronauts, and earned the nickname “Dr Rendezvous.” The docking and rendezvous techniques he devised are still used today. He also pioneered under- water training techniques, as a substitute for zero gravity flights, to simulate spacewalking. In 1966 on the Gemini 12 orbital mission, Buzz set an EVA record for a 5.5 hour spacewalk. On July 20, 1969, Buzz and Neil Armstrong made their historic Apollo 11 moon walk, becoming the first two humans to set foot on another world. They spent 21 hours on the lunar surface and returned with 46 pounds of moon rocks. An estimated 600 million people – at that time, the world’s largest television audience in history – witnessed this unprecedented heroic endeavor.

Since retiring from NASA, Buzz has remained a proponent of human space exploration. He devised a master plan for missions to Mars known as the “Aldrin Mars Cycler”, and has received three US patents for his schematics of a modular space station, Starbooster reusable rockets, and multi-crew modules for space flight. He founded Starcraft Boosters, Inc., a rocket design company, and Buzz Aldrin’s ShareSpace Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to addressing science literacy for children by igniting their passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) through delivering hands-on STEAM activities and inspirational messages.

Dr Aldrin is an author of nine books including his New York Times best-selling autobiography entitled, Magnificent Desolation. He continues to inspire today’s youth with his illustrated children’s books: Reaching for the Moon, Look to the Stars, and the recently released Welcome to Mars: Making a Home on the Red Planet. His 2013 book, Mission to Mars: My Vision for Space Exploration, outlines his plan to get us beyond the moon and on to Mars. As one of the leading space exploration advocates, Buzz continues to chart a course for future space travel and is passionate about inspiring the younger generations of future explorers and innovators.

Free Event • Booking Required

www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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MUSEUM OF THE MOON

June 21-23; 9am – 8:30pm

Cork Midsummer Festival, in association with Cork Institute of Technology and sponsored by O’Flynn Exhams Solicitors, JCD Group, and Urban Green Private present Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram.

We are bringing the Moon to Cork! Arriving on Midsummer’s Day, this giant inflatable moon will fill the Nexus Hall at CIT to coincide with SSP17 as well as celebrating the magic of Midsummer. An internationally touring work measuring seven metres in diameter, the installation features detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface.

People of all ages are invited to bathe beneath the moonlight and experience an atmospheric soundtrack created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award-winning composer, Dan Jones.

For more information visit: www.corkmidsummer.com/programme/event/museum-of-the-moon

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JUNIOR SPACE CAMP

Sunday 4 June • 12:00pm

Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Learn all about comets and make your own at Blackrock Castle Observatory! Explore Deadly Comets, Comet Ribbons, Dry Ice Bubbles and the Mentos Rocket! Junior Space Campers pay €10 for their space adventure and can bring their parents for free!

One parent per child/group of children is required. Booking and pre-payment are essential.

10.00 • Booking Required

www.bco.ie/events

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CIT SPACEFEST

Tuesday 20 June • 10:00am – 1:30pm

Venue: West Atrium, CIT

To celebrate the International Space University the CIT Physics Department has put together a free day of stellar space pop-ups to promote Space-related science.

Primary school students can visit the Museum of the Moon and discover the night sky at the Blackrock Castle Observatory StarDome along with exploring many more ways to investigate space science. 

Booked Out!

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IN SPACE WITH NIALL SMITH: CORK AND BEYOND

Wednesday 28 June • 3:00pm

Venue: Nexus Hall, CIT

So how did the Space Studies

Programme get to Ireland?

Niall Smith, Head of Research at CIT, speaks about SSP and how he and his team have been planning this summer for over 2 years. Niall is an expert in many fields and embraces a multidisciplinary mindset to his work. Niamh Shaw will chat with Niall on Space exploration, astrophysics and cosmology, his career and life’s passions, and

how the team made a very big thing happen in Cork this summer.

This event is suitable for adults and younger audiences aged 11yrs upwards.

Free Event • Booking Required

www.bco.ie/events

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HUBBLE SPACE LECTURE

Thursday 29 June • 8:00pm

Venue: Nexus Hall, CIT

Since its launch, the Hubble Space Telescope has become one of the most extraordinary and beloved space science missions. But the telescope was not an immediate success – without the work performed by the STS-61 crew, including astronomer and NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman, the Hubble could have been a scientific disaster.

Dr Hoffman will explain what led to Hubble’s initial problems, recall his shuttle experience and discuss how those repairs have led to the telescope becoming one of the greatest science instruments ever built.

Free Event • Booking Required

www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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IN SPACE WITH JIM DATOR: THE FUTURE

Friday 30 June • 8:00pm

Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Can we really predict the future? What is ahead for us as a species? Can we really determine what lies ahead for us in 2117? Join Niamh Shaw on June 30th as she speaks with Future Studies expert Jim Dator.

Dator is Co-Chair and Core Lecturer of Space Humanities at the International Space University. He is editor-in-chief of the World Futures Review and leading expert on future studies.

In this event, Niamh will speak to Jim about his career, his passion for Space exploration, the Arts and culture and any life lessons he has learned along the way.

This event is suitable for adults and younger audiences aged 11yrs upwards.

Free Event • Booking Required

www.bco.ie/events

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JUNIOR SPACE CAMP: ASTEROID DAY

Sunday 2 July • 12:00pm

Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Learn all about asteroids at Blackrock Castle Observatory! Junior Space Campers pay €10 for their space adventure and can bring their parents for free!

One parent per child/group of children is required. Booking and pre-payment are essential.

10.00 • Booking Required

www.bco.ie/events

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INTERNATIONAL ASTRONAUT PANEL

Tuesday 4 July • 8:00pm • CIT Cork School of Music

The International Astronaut panel is an annual highlight of each ISU session. Taking place this year at the CIT Cork School of Music, ISU participants and the public will have the opportunity to interact with this outstanding group of astronauts who represent over 30 years of international spaceflight experience ranging from the Spacelab, to the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.

Dan Tani is a veteran of two spaceflights. His first flight into space was aboard space shuttle Endeavour on a 11-day mission to the International Space Station in 2001. Tani launched aboard Discovery on a long-duration mission to the orbiting laboratory on shuttle mission STS-120 for a long-duration stay aboard the station as part of Expedition 16. Tani left NASA in 2012 for Orbital ATK having logged 131 days in space with six spacewalks under his belt. Last year Dan joined the American School in Japan where he teaches science, engineering and design. Tani is also the patron of Blackrock Castle Observatory.

Nicole Stott is a retired NASA Astronaut and is pursuing her next adventure as a full time artist. Inspired by her two spaceflights, she is using her artwork to share the awesome beauty she experienced through the windows of the Space Shuttle and Space Station and the visor of her spacesuit, and to promote the amazing things we’re doing every day in space that benefit us all right here on Earth. Stott actively supports STEAM/STEM educational organizations.

Robert Thirsk is a retired Canadian Space Agency astronaut and first flew into space aboard shuttle Atlantis to the Russian Mir space station in 1995. He followed this with a long- duration mission to the International Space Station as part of Expedition 20/21 in 2009. With 204 days of spaceflight experience, Thirsk holds the Canadian records for the longest space flight and the most time spent in space. Thirsk became Chancellor of the University of Calgary on July 1, 2014.

Yi So-yeon is a South Korean scientist and Ph.D. graduate of KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). On April 8, 2008, she became the first Korean and the second Asian woman to fly in space following a 10-day trip to carry out science and research aboard the International Space Station.

Free Event • Booking Required

www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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SPACE-THEMED CPD SUMMER COURSES FOR TEACHERS

Mon 3 – Fri 7 July • 9:30am – 2:00pm

Venues: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory and Lough Gur, Limerick

The European Space Education Office (ESERO) Ireland, is offering places for teachers on a 5 day professional development course at two unique space related locations in Cork and Lough Gur, Co Limerick from 3-7 July 2017.

Participants are automatically entered into a draw for tickets to the much anticipated Buzz Aldrin lecture in CIT on June 27!

50.00 • Booking Required

www.bco.ie/2017/04/summercpd

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JFK, NIXON AND THE AMERICAN SPACE PROGRAM

Monday 3 July • 8:00pm

Venue: CIT Cork School of Music

This talk will discuss the reasoning behind the space policy decisions of John Kennedy and Richard Nixon. The combined effect of their decisions to a large degree has shaped the space program that the United States has carried out over the past 45 years.

The talk will be based on two award-winning books by John M. Logsdon, John F. Kennedy and the Race to the Moon (2010) and After Apollo? Richard Nixon and the American Space Program (2015). A limited number of copies of each book will be available for purchase and signing after the lecture.

Free Event • Booking Required

www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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SPACE ENTREPRENEURS PANEL

Wednesday 5 July • 8:00pm

Venue: Nexus Hall, CIT

An evening of insightful ‘to and fro’ conversation with proven space entrepreneurs who are leading advances in the global space markets with new services, products and technologies and all with deep ISU connections.

Free Event • Booking Required

www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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ART, STEM & SPACE

Thursday 6 July • 6:00pm

Free family-friendly workshops run from 2:00 – 4:00pm.

Open your mind to the beauty of the Cosmos and explore space with the Cúig artists, explore the gallery with a Moon-gazers trail, or create light-up drawings using graphite to conduct electricity!

From space architecture to explosive emotions, artists inspired by Space share their artistic journey with a presentation from NASA astronaut and artist Nicole Stott and leading Space Architect Dr Barbara Imhof with a panel discussion facilitated by Dr Niamh Shaw. A Crawford Art Gallery event in partnership with CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory.

Free Event • Booking Required

Contact Anne or Emma at 021-4907862 emmaklemencic@crawfordartgallery.ie

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SPACEUP IRELAND

Saturday 8 July • 9:00am – 3:00pm

Venue: CIT

At SpaceUp all participants are expected to contribute to the program of the day in the shape of a presentation, a talk, panel discussion, hands-on workshop, a Q&A – anything, as long as it’s about space!

SpaceUp Ireland is open to all SSP participants and the general public.

For more information and free registration visit www.spaceup.org

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SPACE CAMP

Mon 10 – Fri 14 and Mon 17 – Fri 21 July

Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Space Camp at Blackrock Castle Observatory is taking place over 2 weeks! Choose your camp from the following dates:

WEEK 1: July 10-14

9:30am-12:30pm | Ages 7-9

WEEK 2: July 17-21

9:30am-12:30pm | Ages 10-12

Space Campers are automatically entered into a draw for tickets to the much anticipated Buzz Aldrin lecture in CIT on June 27!

95.00 • Booking Required

www.bco.ie/events

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CALLING ALL ASTRONAUTS

Wednesday 12 July • 8:00pm

Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Do you dream of becoming an astronaut?

See for yourself if you have what it takes with Geoff Steeves. From May 2008 until May 2009, Steeves competed in his first astronaut recruitment campaign. Through interviews, medical tests, fitness tests, aptitude tests and stress/survival tests, a field of 5351 qualified applicants was narrowed to 16 finalists and ultimately to two.

As a top 16 finalist, Steeves will describe the campaign and highlight some of the amazing and unusual challenges he faced. He will also discuss how his background as a physicist prepared him for the experience. Hosted by Norah Patten.

Free Event • Booking Required

www.bco.ie/events

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BRIGHT CLUB

Wednesday 12 July • 7:30pm

Venue: The Poor Relation Grocery & Pub, 19 Parnell Place, Cork

Bright Club returns to Cork! The variety night for lateral minds features academics doing comedic sets about their work alongside entertainers, featuring science troubadour Jonny Berliner headlining.

The only night where you’ll furrow your brow before laughing your face off!

Admission €5

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ARTHUR C. CLARKE PANEL

Thursday 13 July • 8:00pm

Venue: CIT Cork School of Music

ISU’s Arthur C Clarke Panel celebrates the intersection of space and popular culture, in the same way that Arthur Clarke’s works popularized space to the general public.

From books to films, from social media to music and art, space themes can be found everywhere. This panel invites practitioners from different cultural areas to share how space has inspired their work, how they have engaged with space and space-related themes, and to consider how their work may influence future space activities and endeavors.

Free Event • Booking Required www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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ROBOTICS COMPETITION

Friday 14 July • 2:00pm

Venue: Nexus Hall, CIT

Thanks to LEGO Mindstorms, teamwork and a lot of imagination, ISU participants design and build autonomous robots to navigate an unknown world and collect samples. The performance of the robots will be evaluated by a group of judges, and prizes will be given to the winning teams.

Visitors of all ages are welcome to share an educational and fun experience.

Free Event • Booking Required www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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LIGHT POLLUTION:

WATTS IT ALL ABOUT?

Friday 14 July • 7:00pm

Venue: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory

Join the Cork Sky Friendly Campaign and Dr Brian Espey for a discussion on the growing problem of light pollution around the world and Cork’s potential to be one of the darkest spots on the planet to observe the night sky.

Free Event • Booking Required www.bco.ie/events

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GROUND CONTROL TO ASTRONAUT DAN

Saturday 15 July • 2:00pm

Venue: Burke Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin

An engaging, interactive afternoon with NASA astronaut Dan Tani and EUROCOM Andrea Boyd, hosted by Rick O’Shea.

The panel will be discussing the details of what it actually takes to send humans to space. How and why do astronauts communicate with Earth? What is a typical day in space like? What is a typical day on the ground supporting the astronauts like? And much more.

With lots of time for audience questions, this promises to be an ‘out of this world’ afternoon!

Admission Fee Applies • Booking Required

www.inspirespace.com

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GEOPOLITICS AND THE FUTURE OF EXPLORATION PANEL

Wednesday 19 July • 8:00pm

Venue: Nexus Hall, CIT

The panel will discuss the strategic, policy, and operational environment for space science and exploration activities in the years ahead. This discussion will focus on how leaders think about the biggest opportunities for their programs in the next decade.

The panel will also discuss multi- national projects like ISS, opportunities with emerging space programs, and potential roles for new privately funded initiatives.

Free Event • Booking Required www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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TRAINING FOR EXTREMES: ON LAND, AT SEA, AND IN SPACE

Thursday 20 July • 8:00pm

Venue: Cork County Library HQ

Dr Kris Lehnhardt is an Attending Physician and Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at The George Washington University. In addition, he is a medical specialist reservist in the Royal Canadian Air Force, an FAA Aviation Medical Examiner, a private pilot, and SCUBA diver.

Lisa Cummins is a data science researcher from Cork, Ireland. On 20th September 2009 she became the first Irish person to complete a two-way crossing of the English Channel in

a time of 35 hours. Hosted by Norah Patten.

Booking Contact: 021-4546499

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MOON CYCLE

Saturday 22 July • 7:00 – 11:30pm

Venue: Cork City to Blackrock Castle

and Mahon Cycleway

A guided cycle through a scale model of the solar system from the Sun at Patrick’s Bridge to Neptune at Blackrock Castle Observatory. We will “visit” each planet in turn, learn a little about it, get a feeling of the scale of the solar system and have some fun on the way. This will be followed by cycling shorts cinema in Blackrock Castle Observatory and the “New Moon Cycle”.

Booking Contact: corkcyclingfestival@gmail.com

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ROCKET LAUNCH COMPETITION

Sunday 23 July • 2:00pm

Venue: CIT Sports Ground

International Space University conducts an annual rocketry launch competition during Space Studies program. Participants from ISU’s Engineering department are divided into international teams of four to design, construct and fly a rocket that will meet a set of difficult requirements for altitude, payload, data capture, and design style.

This is an event open to the public and visitors of all ages are welcome!

Free Event • Booking Required www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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STARSHIPS OF THE FUTURE

Monday 24 July • 8:00pm

Venue: Nexus Hall, CIT

Join Yuri Milner of the Breakthrough Initiative to learn about their scientific programme aimed at finding evidence of technological life beyond Earth entitled ‘Breakthrough Listen’, and a contest to devise potential messages named ‘Breakthrough Message’.

In addition, Milner will discuss ‘Breakthrough Starshot’ an interstellar programme to Alpha Centauri.

Free Event • Booking Required www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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YOUNG LEADERS IN THE SPACE INDUSTRY

Tuesday 25 July • 8:00pm

Venue: Nexus Hall, CIT

Since the beginning of the Space Studies Program in 1987, there have been over 4200 alumni participating in the program. Many of them are now in high level positions contributing vastly to the field.

In this panel, several ISU alumni will discuss their career path and how ISU help shape their future.

The panellists will also share their stories with participants seeking to pursue careers in the

field of space.

Free Event • Booking Required www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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THE NEW RIGHT STUFF: FULFILLING WHAT YOU CAME TO EARTH TO DO

Wednesday 26 July • 8:00pm

Venue: CIT Cork School of Music

Loretta Whitesides is a ‘Founder Astronaut’ with a ticket for a sub-orbital spaceflight on Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship ‘Unity.’ She and her husband George are the Co-creators of Yuri’s Night, The World Space Party, celebrated annually all around the planet around April 12.

Loretta has spent over five hours floating weightless on a 727 aircraft as a Flight Director for Zero-G Corporation. She is also working on a book for people who want to use space to bring out the best in themselves, entitled ‘The New Right Stuff’.

Hosted by Norah Patten.

Free Event • Booking Required www.inspirespace.com

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ARE WE ALONE IN THE UNIVERSE?

Thursday 27 July • 8:00pm

Venue: Nexus Hall, CIT

Are we alone in the universe? What are the odds that life exists somewhere in the universe?

The challenge continues to identify terrestrial planets in the habitable zone of their stars where possibly life might exist.

The NASA Kepler space telescope has recently helped discover thousands of Exoplanets beyond our own solar system. These newly discovered planets come in a variety of sizes and orbits. The internationally recognized experts in the panel will discuss some of the latest findings regarding the newly discovered planets and the possible life somewhere else in the universe.

Free Event • Booking Required www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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THE FUTURE OF EDUCATION

Monday 31 July • 8:00pm

Venue: Nexus Hall, CIT

What does the future of education look like? What impacts will it have on society?

How will the future educational system impact the space field?

The panel will discuss the future educational system needed to fill the jobs of the future and how to create an educational system that is closely aligned to the demands of the marketplace and emphasize critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.

Free Event • Booking Required www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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INNOVATION PANEL

Wednesday 2 August • 8:00pm

Venue: Nexus Hall, CIT

Finding innovative solutions for challenges often requires venturing off looking for diverse ways of thinking to bring new value added. This panel will take us further in an endeavour to connect and discuss common challenges, benchmark innovations, discuss analogies along various industry lines. 

The panel will also discuss the innovation techniques that are employed by some of the most innovative companies in the world and how to best harvest ideas in different organisations.

Free Event • Booking Required www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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TALK, TEXT AND TUNES: A NIGHT WATCHMAN’S JOURNEY

Monday 7 August • 8:00pm

Venue: Nexus Hall, CIT

David Levy is an internationally renowned Canadian astronomer who is celebrating 50 years of searching the sky for comments and asteroids. He is best known for his co-discovery in 1993 of Comet Shoemaker- Levy 9, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994.

Dr. Levy will be sharing his lecture “Talk, Text, and Tunes: A Nightwatchman’s Journey”, discussing his experiences and observations in astronomy. Dr. Levy has discovered 21 comets, eight of them using his own backyard telescopes.

Free Event • Booking Required www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

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CROSS INDUSTRY INNOVATION DISTINGUISHED LECTURE

Wednesday 9 August
Details to follow.

Free Event • Booking Required www.ssp17.ie/get-involved/public

SPACE ON THE ROAD!

In association with Cork County Libraries.

Ballincollig – A hands-on workshop for under 12s on July 15 at 2.30pm • Contact: 021-4873024

Baile Bhuirne – An exciting space workshop As Gaeilge on June 23 at 11:30am • Contact: 026-45767 

Bandon – NASA astronaut and BCO Patron Dan Tani visits Bandon on July 11 at 11:00am • Contact: 023-8844830

Bantry – Blackrock Castle Observatory’s Stardome visits Bantry on August 24 • Contact: 027-50460

Blarney – Pop-up event with the Mobile Library on July 13 at 11:00am • Contact: 021-4382115

Carrigaline – Blackrock Castle Observatory’s Stardome visits Carrigaline on July 11 • Contact: 021-4371888

Castletownbere – Pop-up event with the Mobile Library on July 24 at 11:00am • Contact: 027-70233

Charleville – The ‘Ireland in Space’ exhibit visits Charleville this July • Contact: 063-89769

Clonakilty – Professor Chris Welch will deliver a talk on July 20 at 7:00pm • Contact: 023-8834275

Cobh – Blackrock Castle Observatory’s Stardome visits Cobh on July 6 • Contact: 021-4811130

Dunmanway – Come along for a Heritage Week talk on August 25 at 11:00am • Contact: 023-8855411

Fermoy – Come along for a Heritage Week talk on August 24 at 11:00am • Contact: 025-31318

Glanmire – Hands-on primary school workshop and talk on June 7 & 8 at 11:30am • Contact: 021-4821627

Kinsale – Come along for a Heritage Week talk on August 23 at 2:30pm • Contact: 021-4774266

Macroom – Primary school workshop July 22 at 11:30am. Heritage Week talk on August 24 at 2:30pm • Contact: 026-42483

Mallow – Blackrock Castle Observatory’s Stardome visits Mallow on August 17 • Contact: 022-21821

Millstreet – A hands-on workshop for under 12s on June 15 at 2:30pm • Contact: 029-21920

Newmarket – Pop-up event with the Mobile Library on August 16 at 10:00am • Contact: 029-61090

Oilean ChlÉire – Space on the Road visits Cape Clear this August • Contact: 028-41006

Passage West – Applique workshop on June 1 at 3:00pm • Contact: 021-4863727

Schull – Watch this space for a pop-up event on July 26 at 3:00pm • Contact: 028-28290

Sherkin Island – Space on the Road visits Sherkin Island this August • Contact: 028-20009

Skibbereen – Hands-on workshop on June 9 at 11:30am • Contact: 028-22400

Youghal – Join Colm Ryan of Cork Skeptics for a talk on July 27 at 6:30pm • Contact: 024-93459

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CÚIG

Creativity Unlimited An Integrated Group are five artists with intellectual disabilities employed as artists in residence at Mayfield Arts Centre. The five artists are Bríd Heffernan, John Noel Kennealy, Stephen Murray, Ailbhe Barrett and Angela Burchill.

Cúig are commissioned to create the commemorative artwork for participants on the 2017 Space Studies Programme. We look forward to showcasing this unique work at the SSP17 Closing Ceremony on August 25.

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