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IRIS Science Cafes

NASA's Ames Research Center

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Moffett Field, CA

IRIS Science Cafes

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NASA Ames asked you what you wanted to know about the IRIS Mission, and your questions were so interesting! Thank you!

The NASA Ames Visitor Center will be hosting three evenings of science cafes where your questions are the centerpiece. Attend one, or two, or all three to see what kind of conversations can come out of your questions!


April 9th: The Spacecraft, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

You asked us how the engineering of the IRIS spacecraft will help us answer questions about the corona region of the Sun. We will host the following speakers to help us learn more about how IRIS was built and will function:

Gary Kushner, Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, IRIS Project Manager
Chris Hoffman, Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, IRIS Systems Engineering

April 23rd: The Mission, 5:30pm - 7:30pm

You asked us how the IRIS Mission functions and how it differs from other NASA Missions. We will host the following speakers to help us learn more about mission flight and communication operations:

Jim Strong, NASA Ames Research Center, IRIS Mission Operations Manager
Robert Carvalho, NASA Ames Research Center, IRIS Flight Controller

May 7th: The Sun, 5:30pm -  7:30pm

You asked us about the structure of the Sun and how it functions. We will host the following speaker to help us learn more about how the center of our Solar System really works!

Karel Schrijver, Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, Space Weather Expert

Alan Title, Lockheed Martin Solar and Astrophysics Laboratory, Principle Investigator for IRIS


For more information about IRIS, please visit:

For more information about the NASA Ames Visitor Center, please visit:

Attendees must be at least 21 years of age to attend this event. Proof of ticket is required for entry. Please be sure to bring your ticket with you! We will see you there!

Have questions about IRIS Science Cafes? Contact NASA's Ames Research Center


NASA Ames Visitor Center (Formally the Exploration Center, AKA the big-white-tent)
Moffett Blvd.
Moffett Field, CA 94035


NASA's Ames Research Center

NASA's Ames Research Center, located at Moffett Field, California, was founded Dec. 20, 1939, as an aircraft research laboratory by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) and in 1958 it became part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

Ames, one of 10 NASA field installations, is located in the heart of California's Silicon Valley at the core of the research cluster of high-tech companies, universities and laboratories that define the region's character. With over $3 billion in capital equipment, 2,300 research personnel and a $600 million annual budget, Ames' economic impact is significant. Ames plays a critical role in virtually all NASA missions in support of America's space and aeronautics programs.

As a leader in information technology research with a focus on supercomputing, networking and intelligent systems, Ames conducts the critical R&D and develops the enabling technologies that make NASA missions possible. Ames also is a leader in nanotechnology, fundamental space biology, biotechnology, aerospace and thermal protection systems, and human factors research. Ames research in astrobiology focuses on the effects of gravity on living things, and the nature and distribution of stars, planets and life in the universe.

In addition, Ames works collaboratively with the FAA, conducting research in air traffic management to make safer, cheaper and more efficient air travel a reality. Ames engages in information and education outreach, forms collaborative partnerships, and fosters commercial application of NASA technologies. Ames is developing NASA Research Park, an integrated, dynamic research and education community created to cultivate diverse partnerships with academia, industry and non-profit organizations in support of NASA's mission.

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