MAKERS Trailblazer Dr. Peggy Whitson
Dr. Whitson completed two six-month tours of duty aboard the International Space Station, the second as the station commander for Expedition 16 in April 2008. She has accumulated 377 days in space between the two missions, the most for any woman. Whitson has also performed a total of six career spacewalks, adding up to 39 hours and 46 minutes.
Dr. Mike Perschon, Steampunk Scholar
Yes, we mean that Steampunk. Dr. Mike Perschon, the foremost scholar on the Steampunk aesthetic guides us through the opportunities that steampunk presents on the interstellar journey. Space is a very unforgiving environment and a deep space journey, which may take decades is one in which it may be impossible to carry every critical spare or replacement part needed, and that is where steampunk comes in.
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Dr. Mason Peck, Cornell University
Dr. Mason Peck, former Chief Technologist at NASA, and current Director of Cornell University's Space System's Design studio, will be joining the symposium during the State of the Universe Panel. Along with Dr. Jill Tarter, they will be discussing the latest finds in astronomy and space technology.