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Space Stories 2016

Out Of This World!

Pictured above, ISS-10 astronaut Leroy Chiao wearing a Russian Orlan spacesuit during EVA1

Come to Space Stories, a special all-day event at The Explorers Club, on Saturday, Oct. 29. All things space will be featured including:

8 - 9 a.m.


9 - 10 a.m.

CJ Sturckow
Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo pilot

10 - 11 a.m.

Jim Clash & Sasha Cohen
Virgin Galactic passenger Jim Clash interviewed by Olympian Sasha Cohen

11 a.m - 12 p.m.

Leroy Chiao
ISS/Shuttle NASA astronaut

12 - 1 p.m.


1 - 3 p.m.

“Mission Control”
Pre-release movie screening with Gareth Dodds, Keith Haviland and David Fairhead

3 - 4 p.m.

Richard Garriott
ISS/Soyuz private space astronaut

4 - 5 p.m.

Jan Harzan
Executive Director of MUFON

5 - 6 p.m

Alice Bowman
Pluto’s New Horizons mission

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Price: $50, which includes breakfast, lunch and snacks


Alice Bowman

Alice Bowman is spacecraft mission operations manager at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory. A physics and chemistry major in college, she started her career analyzing infrared detectors in the defense industry. Bowman manages operations for the New Horizons spacecraft that accomplished the first reconnaissance of the Pluto system, with closest approach being on July 14, 2015. She also oversees a staff of 44 and five in-flight spacecraft (two in deep space and three Earth orbiters) plus one spacecraft in development. In her downtime, Bowman is a clarinetist and bassist who enjoys collaborating outside of the laboratory with others, including her husband and son.

Leroy Chiao

Leroy Chiao is a former NASA astronaut and International Space Station commander. He works in business, consulting, executive coaching and space education. Chiao is a professional international speaker, and is a co-founder and CEO of OneOrbit, providing keynotes and training for both companies and schools. He holds appointments at Rice University and the Baylor College of Medicine, and is an advisor to the Houston Association for Space and Science Education. At The Explorers Club, Chiao is a fellow and co-chair of the Space Advisory Committee. He contributes frequently to the international media on the subject of spaceflight.

Jim Clash

Jim Clash is an adventure journalist who writes for Forbes, among other publications. At The Explorers Club, he is founder of the Club’s popular “Exploring Legends” interview series and a former Director. He is also author of books including “Forbes To The Limits” and “The Right Stuff: Interviews with Icons of the 1960s.” Clash, who has been to the North and South Pole, is considered one of the world’s fastest journalists, having driven the Bugatti Veyron at 253 mph. He owns a ticket for a future spaceflight on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo and has an MBA from Columbia University.

Sasha Cohen

Alexandra (Sasha) Cohen, an Olympic silver medalist in figure skating (2006), has done TV commentary for Good Morning America, Yahoo! Sports and Inside Edition. She currently is employed as Head of Content at ZIG. Cohen graduated from Columbia University in 2016 with a B.A. in Political Science, Magna Cum Laude. She resides in New York with her husband, Tom May, and is on the Board at Figure Skating In Harlem. Sasha’s autobiography, “Fire On Ice” (Harper Collins), was published in 2007 and in 2016 she was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall Of Fame.

Richard Garriott de Cayeux

Richard Garriott de Cayeux is a founder of the commercial spaceflight and videogame industries, and is a flown astronaut. He co-founded Space Adventures, the only firm to arrange spaceflights for private citizens. In 2008, he became the first second-generation astronaut. Garriott, who also has been down to visit the Titanic and to the South Pole, authored the Ultima series and has been inducted into the Computer Gaming Hall Of Fame, received the industry’s Lifetime Achievement Award and is credited with creating massively multiplayer games (MMORPGs). His coming book, “Explore/Create” (January 2017) chronicles his early videogaming through his spaceflight to the present.

Jan Harzan

Jan Harzan is Executive Director of MUFON, one of the world’s leading authorities on UFOs. As a member of Board, Harzan has been instrumental in leading MUFON’s Strategic Planning, as well as creating the Case Management System (CMS) used for UFO reporting, tracking and investigative follow-up. He joined MUFON in 1994 and became Executive Director in 2013. Prior to that, he was at IBM for 37 years in the Information Technology business. Harzan, who has a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from UCLA, resides in Newport Beach, CA, with his wife and their two children. His interest in UFOs began at age eight when he read an article in Argosy magazine. Not long after, he says he had a close encounter with one.

CJ Sturckow

CJ Sturckow is a former Marine Corps fighter pilot, test pilot and Shuttle astronaut. A veteran of four missions to the International Space Station, he was involved with its construction from first assembly, STS-88/2A, until nearly complete. Sturckow also filled a number of leadership positions within the NASA Astronaut Office including Capcom and ISS Branch Chief as well as Deputy Chief. He served as the weather pilot for the final three Shuttle missions. In 2013, Sturckow retired from NASA and began flying for Virgin Galactic as an experimental test pilot. He has flown over 30 sorties in the WhiteKnightTwo and made two flights in SpaceShipTwo.

Movie: Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

"Mission Control" tells how the storied institution came to be, first at Cape Canaveral, FL, for NASA's Project Mercury, later in Houston, TX, for the Gemini and Apollo flights. The documentary also shows the Christopher C. Kraft, Jr. Mission Control Center as it appears today, active around the clock in support of the International Space Station. The past half-century comes to life through the film's use of archival NASA footage and original visual effects, illustrating some of the more dramatic moments in Apollo's history. Included are the "Houston, we've had a problem" call from Apollo 13, the alarms that almost aborted the first moon landing and the critical call that saved Apollo 12 from a lightning strike. The film’s producers, Keith Haviland and Gareth Dodds, and director David Fairhead will be on hand to answer questions from the audience.

Date: Saturday, October 29th

Time: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Reservation Notes:

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• If a reservation is canceled after October 21st, there will be No Refund of the ticket price.
• There are no refunds for a “No Show” to a catered event.

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