Space Travel: Science Fact vs. Science Fiction

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This lecture-discussion will be presented by Dr. Glenn Lightsey, founder and director of the Texas Spacecraft Lab at the University of Texas at Austin, which designs, builds and operates satellites.

The session, new to Explore UT, is part of the nationally recognized “Hot Science – Cool Talks” outreach program,, that features a lecture-discussion and includes interactive experiments and demonstrations for students and teachers.

At Explore UT, the lecture will begin at 11 a.m., and interactive activities will continue throughout the day – all in Welch Hall Auditorium.

This promises to be a fun, exciting program where students K-12 (and Star Trekkers) can talk to a real space scientist about navigation and control of space vehicles, the International Space Station, planned trips Mars, and more. Teachers attending will receive a CD containing the lecture-discussion as well as lesson plans and resources needed to do the activity in the classroom.

Check for final details on the Explore UT website, where the activity will be posted soon.

Plan a Field Trip or Family Outing

Bus registration and purchase of lunch tickets by schools and groups coming to Explore UT are underway. For registration forms, go online to the Explore UT website and click on K-12 Connections.

Teachers and families are welcome to come on their own. There’s no registration of individuals in activities. You just go to the activities of your choice. Explore UT is free and open to everyone.

See the Full Schedule

Explore UT offers more than 400 hands-on learning activities, lectures, films, music performances, crafts, science experiments and demonstrations, and exhibits. You can also tour residence halls, labs, and libraries and see world-famous libraries and museums on campus. To see the full list and descriptions of activities, click on Schedule on the home page of the Explore UT website or go directly to [ ]

By about mid-February, you will be able to download a printer-friendly version of the complete Explore UT schedule, the same version you will receive when you arrive on campus.