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Out of this world: Space Week at The Tech Museum May 16th - 25th Featuring top NASA and SETI scientists

Press Release Date 
Thursday, May 14, 2009
In celebration of The International Year of Astronomy, The Tech Museum has lined up a host of expert speakers, daily hands-on telescope workshops and science demonstrations and special guest Dr. Seth Shostak, senior astronomer with the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute. As part of the week's activities, visitors will be able to see Canine Rover models that sniff for evidence on distant planets and the X-36 Wind Tunnel Model. Plus, see a real moon rock display and learn about current missions such as KEPLER, SOFIA, and LCROSS. Among the scientific authorities scheduled to share their thoughts and insights at the museum are: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. May 18: David Morrison, Interim Director, NASA Lunar Science Institute May 19: Dana Backman - SOFIA Mission May 20: Edna DeVore, Deputy CEO & Director of Education SETI Kepler May 21: Jerry Yan, Ares Space Vehicles May 22:Brian Day, LCROSS Moon Mission 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m. May 18: Marilyn Vogel, Geological & Environmental Science May 19: Bill Thigpen, NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division May 20: Stefanie Milam, Research Associate Ames & SETI May 21: Colin Goldblatt, Evolution of Climate, Early Earth May 22: Scott Sandford, Astrophysicist, Infrared Astronomy Shostak, author of "Confessions of an Alien Hunter: A Scientist's Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence," gives his compelling talk at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 24. Shostak is especially interested in getting young people excited about science in general, and astrobiology in particular. He's co-authored a college textbook on astrobiology, published nearly 300 articles on science, and is the host of the SETI Institute's weekly science radio show, "Are We Alone?" About The Tech Museum of Innovation, The Tech Museum of Innovation is a hands-on technology and science museum for people of all ages and backgrounds. The Tech Museum - located in the Capital of Silicon Valley - is a non-profit educational resource established to engage people in exploring and experiencing technologies affecting their lives. Through educational programs, the annual Tech Challenge team competition for youth, and the internationally recognized Tech Awards, presented by Applied Materials, Inc. The Tech Museum of Innovation celebrates the present and encourages the development of innovative ideas for a more promising future. For more information about The Tech Museum of Innovation, visit