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Space on the Hill is a semi-regular briefing series, co-sponsored with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO). These briefings are designed to educate Hill staff about the astronomical sciences. 

Upcoming Briefings

Check back later to learn more about the next briefing!

Past Briefings

  • 20 June 2017 - Is There Life on Other Planets?: Dr. Mercedes Lopez-Morales, Dr. Sarah Ballard, and Dr. Charles Alcock will address the question: is there life on other planets? 
  • 2 May 2017 – Shedding Light on Black Holes: Dr. Laura Brenneman and Dr. Martin Elvis, both of SAO, discussed some of the ways that scientists study black holes and why. A Facebook Live recording has been made available.
  • 13 September 2016 – Anatomy of a Space Mission: Dr. Nicola Fox, Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab, discussed some of the ways that the Sun can impact the planning for a space mission.
  • 17 May 2016 – A Mission to Touch the Sun: Dr. Justin Kasper, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, discussed the Solar Probe Plus mission, which will be placed in orbit around the Sun.
  • 20 April 2016 – Cloudy with a Chance of Solar Flares: Dr. Harlan Spense (University of New Hampshire), Dr. Kelly Korreck (SAO), and Dr. Alex Young (Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA) discussed the many ways that space weather impacts everyday life.