SpaceX Mission Manager Andrew Rader Headlines Virtual Programs at The Mariners’ Nov 12 & 13, 2020
The ever-fascinating worlds of space and sea will be explored virtually at The Mariners’ Museum this week. Andrew Rader, author and SpaceX mission manager, will headline two programs on November 12 and 13 that examine the history of human exploration in his book, Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars.
In addition, Content and Interpretation Developer Erika Cosme of the Museum’s Department of Interpretation will present a family-friendly program on the similarities and differences between sea and space exploration. All three virtual events will focus on the mysteries of these two frontiers and how they influence humankind’s never-ending quest for knowledge.
With the Museum galleries and in-person programming temporarily closed due to the global health pandemic, Museum staff have been developing an extensive range of programs to stay connected with its communities near and far.
Rader, a brilliant polymath with a PhD in aerospace engineering from MIT, will provide an eye-opening look into mankind’s resolve and human spirit in Beyond the Known. His book is an illuminating chronicle of exploration that spotlights humans’ insatiable desire to continually push into new and uncharted territory, from civilization’s earliest days to current planning for interstellar travel. Rader’s appearance on November 12 is part of The Mariners’ Museum’s Evening Lecture Series, which features highly-acclaimed national and international authors and field experts. Rader is a Mission Manager at SpaceX, and also co-hosts the weekly podcast Spellbound, which covers topics from science to economics to history and psychology.
Dr. Rader will also make a special appearance with the Museum’s Education team of Science Educator Andrea Roccio and History Educator Brandan Adams in a pair of student virtual programs the following day on November 13. For elementary students in grades 3 through 5 and those in all high school grades, Dr. Rader and the Museum’s Education team will discuss the past, present, and future of navigation in From Sea to Space: Exploring the Evolution of Navigational Instruments. This unique lecture with students will showcase artifacts from the Museum’s Collection to illustrate the changes of navigational instruments over time. Students are encouraged to submit questions in advance to Dr. Rader by November 12, but they can also submit questions and comments during the lecture.
The week’s theme on the final frontiers of discovery concludes with Sea and Space: Exploration of the Deep, an exciting virtual program on November 18 that will captivate all ages. The Museum’s Content and Interpretation Developer Erika Cosme will take viewers on a journey to explore parts of space and the deepest, darkest parts of the ocean to learn about what lies in the depths. Although these two mysterious worlds seem drastically different, viewers may be surprised to discover how sea and space exploration may not be all that different. Viewers will be able to submit questions in advance or during the program, which Cosme will answer afterwards.
All virtual lectures and programs are FREE, and require advance registration. Viewers may submit questions and comments to the presenters during their respective lectures. For more information, visit https://www.marinersmuseum.org/evening-virtual-lectures/. The Evening Lecture Series is sponsored by WHRO Public Media and The Tom & Ann Hunnicutt Lecture Fund.
Media interested in interviewing Rader about his upcoming lectures should contact Julie Murphy, writer and researcher with The Mariners’, at jmurphy@MarinersMuseum.org.
Free virtual lectures and programs from The Mariners’ Museum and Park this week:
Beyond the Known: How Exploration Created the Modern World and Will Take Us to the Stars
Thursday, November 12, 2020 • 7 p.m.
Presented by Andrew Rader, SpaceX mission manager and author
Brilliant young polymath Dr. Andrew Rader PhD — an MIT-credentialed scientist, popular podcast host, and SpaceX mission manager — presents an illuminating chronicle of exploration that spotlights humans’ insatiable desire to continually push into new and uncharted territory, from civilization’s earliest days to current planning for interstellar travel. Beyond the Known highlights how very human it is to emerge from the cave and walk toward an infinitely expanding horizon. More information can be found at: https://www.marinersmuseum.org/event/evening-virtual-lecture-beyond-the-known/
From Sea to Space: Exploring the Evolution of Navigational Instruments
Friday, November 13, 2020 • 1 p.m. for Elementary (grades 3-5) and 2 p.m. for High School
Presented by Aerospace Engineer Dr. Andrew Rader; Brandan Adams, The Mariners’ Museum History Educator; and Andrea Rocchio, The Mariners’ Museum Science Educator
Aerospace Engineer Dr. Andrew Rader will be joined by The Mariners’ Museum and Park Education team as they take students on a mission through the past, present, and future of navigation. Students will learn more about this fascinating, mysterious frontier with artifacts from the Museum’s Collection presented to illustrate the changes of navigational instruments over time. More information can be found at: https://www.marinersmuseum.org/event/space/
Sea and Space: Exploration of the Deep
Presented by Erika Cosme, The Mariners’ Museum content and interpretation developer
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 • 1 p.m.
Come explore the mysterious uncharted worlds of space and ocean exploration with Erika Cosme, the Museum’s content and interpretation developer, during this thrilling virtual presentation! Learn about the similarities and differences between these captivating worlds, and how their unknowns influence humankind’s unabated quest for knowledge about them. More information can be found at: https://www.marinersmuseum.org/event/virtual-sea-and-space-exploration/