July 12, 2019 at 7pm

Dr. Jack Burns photoJoin Dr. Jack Burns to understand why we explore space? How do we explore space? Where should we explore? What are the tools for space exploration? These questions will be addressed in this talk focused on the future of human and robotic exploration of the solar system and beyond.

Since the end of the Apollo program, the justification for the human space program has proven elusive. We will borrow a page from the computer and new commercial space companies to argue for an inspirational approach to the next phase of exploration beyond Earth orbit. The “how” is addressed with NASA’s new Orion and Space Launch Systems along with new launch systems being developed by private companies such as SpaceX. We will argue that both the Moon and Mars can be explored through a combination of governmental programs, international partnerships, and public-private partnerships. The tools for exploration include telerobotics where astronauts aboard the Deep Space Gateway in lunar orbit will operate rovers and deploy telescopes on the lunar surface in a new synergy between robots and humans.

Biography: Jack Burns, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Astrophysical and Planetary Sciences at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder, and is Vice President Emeritus for Academic Affairs and Research for the CU System. 

Jack is also the Director and Principal Investigator of the NASA-funded Network for Exploration and Space Science. In addition, he has longstanding ties with NASA and served on the NASA Advisory Council from 2008-2010, Chair of the Council’s Science Committee from 2009-2010, and as a member of the 2016-2017 Presidential NASA transition team. Additionally, Jack served as the Senior Vice President of the American Astronomical Society from 2014-2017.

His research focuses on extragalactic astronomy and cosmology; observations of active galaxies and galaxy clusters using radio interferometers, optical telescopes, and x-ray satellites; supercomputer numerical simulations of astrophysical jets and large scale structures in the universe; and, design of next-generation observatories in space and on the Moon. Read his full biography

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