YQI/Franke Nontechnical Talk - Dante Lauretta - University of Arizona/NASA [Public Event]

Event time: 
Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Linsly-Chittenden Hall, Auditorium 101 See map
63 High Street
New Haven, CT 06511
Event description: 

Free event but tickets required

OSIRIS REx and the XTRONAUT: Live space exploration through board games

Join us for the 5th talk of YQI series of nontechnical talks aiming to bring a new regard to quantum physics and STEM by having experts cast new light on often-overlooked aspects of scientific work. For this event, we will investigate the intersectionality between space exploration and board games with Dante Lauretta.

Dante Lauretta is a Professor of Planetary Science and Cosmochemistry at the University of Arizona and the leader of NASA’s OSIRIS-Rex, a mission to visit asteroid Bennu, land on it and return a sample back to Earth. Dante also designs and creates board games combining two of his passions in life - solar system exploration and strategy gaming. His first game, XTRONAUT captures the real-world thrill and challenges of planetary exploration and give players a chance to develop space missions and explore the solar system. The game is based on real planetary missions and rocket science and contains elements of politics and strategy that are inspired by the real-life situations that space missions face.

The talk will be followed by a game night where you will be able to play Dante’s games and other space themed games!

This talk is open to all and will be accessible to students, researchers, the wider university public, and the New Haven Community.

This event is co-sponsored by The Franke Program in Science and the Humanities and Ludi et Veritas.