NASA and SpaceX are hard at work designing rockets and spacecraft that will one day take humans to Mars. What will it actually take to get there? What sort of dangers might people face? And, is putting humans on Mars in the next ten years a realistic goal? Come explore outer space and get answers to these questions and more.
Valerie Rapson interest in astronomy started when she was a young child. She watched endless Star Trek episodes with her father and hoped to one day better understand how the universe works. During her undergraduate career at the University of Rochester, Valerie had the opportunity to teach a summer physics course for young women, and this is where her passion for science education and outreach blossomed. Valerie went on to get her Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2014 she was inducted into the American Astronomical Society’s Astronomy Ambassadors program, recognizing her extensive participation in astronomy outreach throughout Rochester, NY. Valerie is excited to be spearheading the astronomy education programs at the Dudley Observatory at miSci.