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.