Hubble: Touching the Universe
Sunday, March 15
5:00PM - 6:00PM
110 E 2nd St
The Hubble Space Telescope is widely regarded as the most important scientific instrument that humans have built. Through its breathtaking images, Hubble has opened our eyes to the wonders of the Universe and placed our world into a context of 100 billion stars in 100 billion galaxies. Hubble has imaged planets outside of our Solar System, has revealed the lifecycles of stars, has captured galaxies engulfing one another, and has measured the rate at which the Universe itself is expanding. Launched in the spring of 1990, Hubble remains our most powerful telescope and continues to tackle the biggest challenges on the grandest scales. This panel at SXSW 2015 will celebrate Hubble’s 25th anniversary by showcasing the biggest scientific discoveries and its impact on culture, reveal new capabilities that now make Hubble more powerful than ever to tackle new science challenges, and discuss how we explore beyond Hubble with NASA's James Webb Space Telescope, set to launch in 2018.
Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems
NASA Astrophysicist, Deputy Project Scientist for JWST Outreach
Dr. Amber Straughn is an Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD and is a Deputy Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope.Amber grew up in a small Arkansas...Show the rest
Dr. Amber Straughn is an Astrophysicist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD and is a Deputy Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope.Amber grew up in a small Arkansas farming town where her fascination with astronomy began under beautifully dark, rural skies. She obtained a B.S. in Physics at the University of Arkansas in 2002, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Physics at Arizona State University in 2008. Amber’s first experience with NASA was flying an experiment on NASA’s microgravity KC-135 plane (the “vomit comet”) in 2001. Her broad research interests include galaxy formation and evolution, galaxy interactions, and physical processes induced by galaxy mergers including star formation and black hole growth.
Amber does extensive public speaking and media appearances including numerous live television interviews, media features for NASA, and has appeared on the History Channel, NatGeo, Spike TV, and in the Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's "Hubble Gotchu" segment.Hide the rest
Space Telescope Science Institute
Dr. Jason Kalirai is a Canadian-born research astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute and a research astronomer at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Jason obtained a PhD i...Show the rest
Dr. Jason Kalirai is a Canadian-born research astronomer at the Space Telescope Science Institute and a research astronomer at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. Jason obtained a PhD in Astrophysics in 2004 from the University of British Columbia.
Jason has published over 50 professional papers in astrophysics, on topics ranging from studies of the end fate of our Sun to the cannibalism of galaxies. He uses the biggest and most powerful ground and space based telescopes for his research, including Hubble. Jason was recently recognized by the American Astronomical Society as their 2013 Newton Lacy Pierce Prize winner, an award given to one astronomer each year under the age of 36 for outstanding achievements in observational astrophysics.
Jason is now the Project Scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope at STScI. He leads a large public outreach program and is involved in monthly activities to inspire thousands of young students to go into STEM fields.Hide the rest
Astronaut & NASA AA for Science
Dr. John M. Grunsfeld was named Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in January 2012. He previously served as the Deputy Director of ...Show the rest
Dr. John M. Grunsfeld was named Associate Administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. in January 2012. He previously served as the Deputy Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, managing the science program for the Hubble Space Telescope and the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope. Dr. Grunsfeld joined NASA's Astronaut Office in 1992. He is veteran of five space shuttle flights, and visited Hubble three times during these missions. He also performed eight spacewalks to service and upgrade the observatory. He logged more than 58 days in space on his shuttle missions, including 58 hours and 30 minutes of spacewalk time. Dr. Grunsfeld's background includes research in high energy astrophysics, cosmic ray physics and in the emerging field of exoplanet studies with specific interest in future astronomical instrumentation.Hide the rest