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Science Cafe: Spacefaring

Studium Generale Groningen
Event organized by Studium Generale Groningen

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...one giant leap for mankind: the spacefaring prospects of humanity

From the first time our ancestors gazed at the night sky, we have been fascinated by the seemingly infinite worlds that laid beyond our reach. Ever since the first historic flight of the Wright brothers in 1903, humanity has steadily built up its capability to reach out to these distant worlds, eventually culminating in the Apollo missions of manned lunar landings. Unprecedented technological advances of the last 20 years have pushed our capabilities even further. And now, after the successful launch of SpaceX Falcon Heavy, the idea of colonizing space seems closer than ever. The next step is the launch of a Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) on a mission to Mars, a reusable spaceship/rocket combination designed to deliver payloads (and people) into orbit. Are we destined to become an interplanetary species? What are the spacefaring prospects of humanity? What are the challenges we have to overcome?

In this Science Cafe, a panel of experts will explore and discuss the prospects of spacefaring.

Moderator Alex van den Berg will talk with Pratika Dayal, Astrophysicist and Assistant Professor and Rosalind Franklin Fellow at the Kapteyn Institute at Groningen University, she looks at how we can use realistic astrophysical models to look for habitability in the Universe; Rob Henning, professor of Pharmacology at the University Medical Center Groningen and he is member of the topical team of ESA on human hibernation, which investigates its possibilities for long-haul, manned space missions.

Tickets are for free at sggroningen.nl