Virtual Speaker Luncheon Series: Vanessa E. Wyche


Featured Speaker: Vanessa E. Wyche

10 June 2021 12:00 CST


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    • Vanessa Wyche was recently named acting director of NASA Johnson Space Center, home of America’s astronaut corps, Mission Control Center, International Space Station, Orion and Gateway programs and its nearly 11,000 civil service and contractor employees. She is responsible for a broad range of human spaceflight activities, such as development and operations of human spacecraft, commercialization of low-Earth orbit and JSC’s role in landing the first woman and first person of color on the surface of the Moon.
    • Wyche was most recently deputy director of JSC, a position she held since 2018. Other key leadership positions she has held at NASA include: assistant and acting deputy director of JSC, director of Exploration Integrations and Science Directorate, flight manager of several Shuttle missions and executive officer in the Office of the NASA Administrator, among others. Before joining NASA in 1989, Wyche worked for the Food and Drug Administration in Washington, DC.
    • Wyche has received many prestigious awards, including two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals, two NASA Achievement Medals, and is a “Women at NASA” award recipient. She is a current fellow of the International Women’s Forum.

    Thursday, 7/30: AIAA Houston Section Evening Engagement: Chris Culbert (NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services Manager), Via Zoom

    Please join the AIAA Houston Section for an evening engagement on Thursday, July 30, 5:30pm with Mr. Chris Culbert – NASA Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) Manager – for a CLPS overview.

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    54 Years in Service of NASA – A Learning Experience

    The AIAA Houston Section is inviting you to a lively discussion with Dr. Kumar Krishen about his lessons learned while serving NASA for 54 Years. Please see the event flyer for the meeting password and Dr. Krishen’s biography.

    Thursday, April 30, 2020
    5:30 pm

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    AIAA Houston Section Dinner Meeting: “Questioning the Surface of Mars as the 21st Century’s Ultimate Pioneering Destination in Space”

    AIAA Houston Section will have a dinner event next Monday, March 9!
    Presentation at 5:30 (FREE lecture only)
    The presentation will take place in the Discovery Room of the Gilruth Center.

    Join us as AIAA distinguished lecturer, Dan Adamo, explores what can be a pioneering destination in space. Why is Mars the widely accepted future?


    This 1.5-hour lecture reviews historic Earthly distinctions between exploring and pioneering before applying these distinctions to destinations in space. Although a case can be made for human and robotic exploration in space, there is as yet no compelling rationale for “putting down roots” to pioneer anywhere off Earth. Why then is the surface of Mars widely accepted as humanity’s future “home away from home” to the extent some 200,000 people are willing to attempt forming a permanent colony there? There is no evidence suggesting humans can survive on the surface of Mars long term, let alone thrive there to produce viable offspring. A variety of evidence is presented to affirm the surface of Mars is a “socio-cultural” destination whose suitability for human pioneering is based on more than a century of fictional literature and poorly informed research as the Space Age dawned. More current knowledge of the “unexplored country” in our Solar System suggests small bodies such as asteroids and the moons of Mars are humanity’s best hope for pioneering off Earth this century.


    Dan Adamo –
    A recognized authority in human space flight trajectory design and operations with extensive experience in associated operations concept formulation, training, documentation, and software development

    Specialties: Rendezvous launch window and orbit maneuver targeting, procedures development and coordination with domestic and international stake-holders, technical documentation, trajectory prediction and simulation, public education and outreach


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