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Astronauts Dig Dirt

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The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum will present a Virtual Astronomy Live program on Thursday, June 17 from 5:30pm-7:00pm ET.

Topic: Astronauts Dig Dirt

What are the tools needed for collecting samples, what is the training needed to prepare for this type of human exploration.

Hear from scientists who are planning/conducting training, designing collector tools, and developing methods and science objectives for the astronauts to collect samples (dig in the dirt and rocks) on the Moon (and eventually Mars).

 A pre show will take place at 5:00pm EST with an interactive demonstration from Intrepid Museum educator.

The event is hosted and co-produced by John “Das” Galloway, founder of the Kerbal Space Academy, and moderated by Summer Ash, an astrophysicist, rocket scientist and freelance writer.

The Virtual Astronomy Live education pre-show is supported by a grant from the Robert & Toni Bader Charitable Foundation. 

This is the fifteenth in a monthly series of Virtual Astronomy Live programs.

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Kelsey Young is a Research Space Scientist at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Young’s research focuses on the integration of science into human exploration. Specifically, Young investigates the science questions, tools and instruments, and operational concepts for the crewed exploration of other planetary surfaces. She conducts and leads fieldwork in impact cratered and volcanic terrains, investigates the incorporation of handheld and field portable technologies into human exploration, and serves as a classroom and field instructor for NASA’s astronauts. Young has served in leadership roles in several of NASA’s analog missions, which simulate human exploration in high-fidelity analog environments (from volcanic fields in Arizona to underwater habitats off the coast of Florida), and is currently preparing for the exploration of the lunar surface with the Artemis program.


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Trevor Graff is the Chief Scientist for Jacobs in the Astromaterials Research and Exploration Science (ARES) Division at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Trevor has participated on five missions to Mars; including roles as science team member, instrument payload lead, and most recently as a project manager for unique flight hardware on the Mars 2020 rover. Additionally, he helps coordinate the tool, techniques, technologies, and training required for human exploration as part of the next generation of lunar exploration with NASA’s Artemis program. Trevor is a human test subject for space suits and exploration concepts and has served as a crewmember on several of NASA’s analog missions (including living and working for weeks in the world’s only undersea research habitat). Additionally, Trevor has served over 16 years in the United States Army.

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Summer Ash has been both a rocket scientist and an astrophysicist. She is a freelance science writer and communicator whose work has been published in The Atlantic, NBC News, Smithsonian, Now.Space, Scientific American, Slate, and Nautilus.

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John “Das” Galloway is a science outreach communicator who specializes in live, interactive video content. He is the creator of the Kerbal Space Academy, where he uses video games as a tool to start science and engineering conversations with viewers of all ages, and VECTORS Virtual Field Trips, which brings real-time interactive video to museums, events, and historical locations. “Das” also serves as a host and producer for NASASpaceflight.com.


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