Space Café Luxembourg returns on Thursday, 27 September 2018, with the topic ‘100Million Initiative to reach for the stars and the world’s largest rocket company’s plan to have 1000 people living and working in space’. The series is organising by ispace Europe as a networking and educational event, which aims to provide an accessible forum for conversation about projects going on in space policy, engineering, science and commercialisation.
What are the steps involved in space exploration? When and how are we going to reach the stars? Is there an opportunity to live on another planet? These and other are questions to be covered by speakers Pete Worden (Executive Director, Breakthrough Starshot) and Mark Mozena (NASA/FAA Relations, United Launch Alliance).
Thursday, 27 September 2018 – doors open at 18:00 and the first speaker starts at 18:30.
Paul Wurth Incub, 5 rue de l’Industrie, L-1811 Luxembourg (can be accessed from Rue d’Alsace)
Tickets have to be purchased in advance on Eventbrite for €10. Tickets will not be available at the door. This entrance fee includes free drinks at the bar (beer, wine, or soft drink). This event will sell out, please purchase your tickets early to avoid disappointment.
The event can also be found on Facebook.
About the speakers
Prior to joining the Breakthrough Prize Foundation, Dr. Worden was Director of NASA’s Ames Research Center. He was research professor of astronomy at the University of Arizona. He is a recognized expert on space and science issues and has been a leader in building partnerships between governments and the private sector internationally. Dr. Worden has authored or co-authored more than 150 scientific papers in astrophysics and space sciences. He served as a scientific co-investigator for three NASA space science missions – most recently the Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph launched in 2013 to study the Sun. He received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal for the 1994 Clementine Mission to the moon. Dr. Worden was named the 2009 Federal Laboratory Consortium ‘Laboratory Director of the Year’ and is the recipient of the 2010 Arthur C. Clarke Innovator’s Award.
Dr Mark Mozena works for United Launch Alliance (ULA) in Washington, D.C. where he handles the civil space portfolio and leads government relations with the White House, NASA, Department of Commerce/NOAA, and the Department of Transportation/FAA. Before joining ULA, Mark worked for Representative Michael Honda (D-Silicon Valley, CA) in Washington, D.C. Mark initially joined the Congressman as an AAAS Congressional Science & Technology Policy Fellow before transitioning to permanent staff. As a Senior Policy Advisor, Mark managed the Commerce, Justice, and Science (CJS) Appropriations Subcommittee for Congressman Honda who served as the Subcommittee’s Ranking Member. Before working on Capitol Hill, Mark received his Ph.D. in Astrophysics from the University of California, Santa Cruz where his research focused on galaxy evolution. As the son of a US diplomat, Mark spent much of his childhood living in South Asia and southern Africa before going to Rice University in Houston, Texas for his bachelor’s degree. Following Rice, Mark taught high school physics with Teach For America in St. Louis, Missouri before moving to California for graduate school.