Explore Space

Harvard University, Mass General Hospital, & MIT

Boston scientists and engineers have long been at the forefront of space exploration. And now, a new generation of explorers is achieving groundbreaking advancements in the field – from long term space travel to that first black hole photograph. Hear first hand what's next at an exciting, thought provoking, and hopeful discussion with scientists from Harvard University, Mass General Hospital, and MIT:

- Ariel Ekblaw is the director of the MIT Media Lab's Space Exploration Initiative, a team of 50+ researchers actively prototyping our Sci-Fi space future. Her work has been featured in WIRED, CNN, the BBC, the Wall Street Journal, and numerous academic outlets.

- Dr. Jonny Kim was selected by NASA to join the 2017 Astronaut Candidate Class. A former Navy SEAL and resident physician in emergency medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Kim holds a degree in Mathematics from the University of San Diego and a Doctorate of Medicine from Harvard Medical School.

- Michael Johnson is a Smithsonian astrophysicist and a Lecturer in the Harvard Department of Astronomy. Michael co-led imaging efforts of the Event Horizon Telescope to produce the first picture of a black hole.

- Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times and will moderate the discussion. Carl is the author of 13 books about science.