The Summer Series is a set of talks by subject leaders from around the globe. Each year, the Office of the Chief Scientist produces a platform for innovative discussion and inspiration to catalyze scientific progress, share ideas, and communicate new and exciting concepts.
NASA SUMMER SERIES 2022 Schedule
BioSentinel: NASA’s First Biological Mission Beyond the Earth-Moon System with Sergio Santa Maria
The BioSentinel CubeSat spacecraft will launch as a payload aboard the Space Launch System’s first exploration mission, Artemis-1. Its goal is to autonomously study the effects of unmitigated deep space radiation on a model organism, the budding yeast S. cerevisiae. This will give us insight into one of the hazards of space. Dr. Sergio Santa Maria, BioSentinel’s lead scientist, will discuss the mission’s development and its science objectives.
Modeling Entry Systems to Explore Our Solar System with Michael Barnhardt
Since the dawn of the Space Age, engineers have relied on modeling and simulation to inform design decisions. NASA’s Entry Systems Modeling (ESM) Project serves as the Agency’s only concerted effort toward advancing entry systems across a range of technical disciplines. Join Michael Barnhart to learn about recent developments in exploring our solar system.
Registration will be available June 30
On the Co-Evolution of the Geosphere and Biosphere: A Mineral Evolution Perspective with Robert Hazen
Life and its environment are inextricably linked. The Earth’s chemical and physical composition drives the evolution of life, and in turn, life changes our planet. Studying the physical records resulting from these interactions informs Earth, life, and planetary science models.
Supersonics: QuessT Mission and X-59 Aircraft with David Richwine
One of the strategic thrusts for NASA’s Aeronautics vision in the 21st century is the Innovation in Commercial Supersonic Aircraft – where sonic boom noise and current overland flight prohibitions remain as the primary barrier to successful supersonic commercial aircraft. David Richwine will present some insight into these obstacles, describe the basic physics of sonic boom formation and propagation, and highlight the dominate features of a supersonic low-boom demonstrator aircraft.