NASA’s Greatest Hits: Fifty Years of Exploring Our Solar System

When: Wed, October 14, 2015
Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm

Cost: $8.00 advance tickets,
$10.00* suggested cover at the door

Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!

A lot happened in NASA exploration of the solar system the summer of 2015, including the 10-year journey of New Horizons probe to the dwarf planet Pluto and the Dawn mission to dwarf planet Ceres in the asteroid belt. These missions cap a five-decade-long era of solar system reconnaissance that began with Venus and Mars in the early 1960s, and continued through first looks of Mercury, Jupiter, and Saturn in the 1970s, and Uranus and Neptune in the 1980s. Meaningfully, the July 14 flyby of Pluto occurred 50 years to the day after humans first explored Mars with NASA’s Mariner 4 on July 14, 1965. At this Science on Tap, Greg Cermak, a NASA Solar System Ambassador and former Astrobiology instructor at WSU, will take us on a tour of the greatest hits of five decades of NASA outer solar system exploration and the spacecraft that made it all possible.