The WSI's Space Exploration Lecture Series is a public forum for WSU faculty, students, and community members to share research and other creative projects related to space exploration.  Space Exploration Lectures are generally held on select Thursdays at 3:30 pm.  All WSI talks are free and open to the public. 

Anyone interested in giving a talk in the series is encouraged to email the WSI Coordinator.

Read below for a list of upcoming and past talks.

Upcoming Talks

Jim Remar, "SpaceWorks and NASA's 50th. Anniversary of Apollo 11 Restoration Project"

Thursday, January 31st, 3:30 pm, 100 Lindquist Hall 

Jim Remar, Cosmosphere CEO, will speak with the WSI about the Cosmosphere's ongoing restoration work for NASA in preparation for the 50th. Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission.

Dr. Atri Dutta, "Astrodynamics Research at WSU CORE Laboratory"

Thursday, February 28, 1:00 pm, 264 Rhatigan Student Center (Spencer Room)

The presentation will primarily focus on the applications of a novel dynamic model of spacecraft translational motion to astrodynamics problems such as low-thrust trajectory optimization and spacecraft maneuver detection. It will also provide an overview of research related to attitude control of spacecraft currently being pursued at WSU CORE Laboratory.

Caleb Gimar, Title TBA, Thursday, March 28, 3:30 pm, Location TBA.

Steve Carothers, Title TBA, Thursday, April 18, 3:30 pm, Location TBA.


Past Talks

Dr. James S.J. Schwartz, "Will Space Mining Save The World?" 

Thursday, November 15, 3:30 pm, 231 Hubbard Hall.

Join the WSI for the inaugural Space Exploration Lecture Series talk!  With the passage of the 2015 Commercial Space Launch Competitiveness Act and the similar Luxembourg Law on Use of Resources in Space there is growing excitement about the extraction and use of resources from the Moon and near-Earth asteroids.  James Schwartz, editor of The Ethics of Space Exploration (Springer 2016) and a leading figure in the philosophy and ethics of space exploration, will explore the issue of space mining from a policy-perspective.  His talk will highlight the relative scarcity of easily accessible space resources, arguing that space mining must be regulated carefully in order to ensure the sustainability of spaceflight activities.  The talk will be based on a chapter of his upcoming book, tentatively titled The Value of Space Science.

Watch Dr. Schwartz's talk on YouTube.