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The Road to Europa: Film Screening & Science Talk

Wonderfest Science

Monday, June 30, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

The Road to Europa: Film Screening & Science Talk

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“Europa Report” is, scientifically and dramatically, one of the best science fiction films to come along in years. According to Popular Science, it “sets a new standard for realism in sci-fi.” At the same time, the critics at Rotten Tomatoes rate Europa Report as “80% Fresh.” (That’s high praise even for a Scorsese or Allen film!) The only way that Wonderfest and SF in SF can improve “Europa Report” is to follow it with the insights of legendary astrobiologist Dr. Chris McKay. McKay will likely poke some intriguing holes in Europa Report. In doing so, he will vastly inflate our understanding of interplanetary travel AND of hypothetical life in Europa’s temperate ocean –– in orbit around mighty Jupiter.

WHAT:  The Road to Europa
WHO:  Dr. Chris McKay, Planetary Scientist, NASA-Ames Research Center
WHEN:  7:00pm, Monday, June 30, 2014
HOW:  First, a special screening of 2013’s Europa Report, then discussion and Q&A with Dr. McKay. Produced in collaboration with SF in SF. FREE admission, but please register through Eventbrite.
WHY:  Because we’re curious creatures.
SPECIAL NOTE: This FREE event promises to be well-attended. Admission is on a "first come, first served" basis.
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When & Where

SoMa StrEat Food Park
428 11th Street
San Francisco, CA 94103

Monday, June 30, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (PDT)

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Wonderfest Science

Wonderfest, the San Francisco Bay Area Beacon of Science, is a non-profit educational corporation with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status. Wonderfest was founded by Tucker Hiatt (, and he currently serves as Executive Director. Eric Yao ( is Technical Director and Board Chairman. Wonderfest headquarters are located just north of San Francisco—in Marin County—at 47 Alta Way, Corte Madera, CA 94925.

 Wonderfest’s Mission is to inspire and nurture a deep sense of wonder about the world. Wonderfest aspires to stimulate curiosity, promote careful reasoning, challenge unexamined beliefs, and encourage life-long learning. Wonderfest achieves these ends through public science gatherings in the San Francisco Bay Area and through online science discourse & video that reach around the world.

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The scientific endeavor has universal appeal. Every inquisitive person, regardless of culture or gender or income, is improved by the intellectual challenge and reward that science offers. Wonderfest presentations reach people of diverse ages, too; they appeal to the student in all of us, no matter how old. After all, if you’re through wondering, … you’re through! Wonderfest events are suitable for students in high school, in college, in the school of hard knocks, and in retirement communities.


…to celebrate the scientific spirit! The rational investigation of our world is the grandest human adventure, with the most significant long-term implications imaginable. Nevertheless, our science is fragile. It’s a small flame nourished in each of us by skepticism, by humility, and, above all, by wonder.

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