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ECWG Dinner: ECWG GALA (black tie): Our Next Moonshots: Where We’re Going in Space Exploration and Why

December 7 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Explorers Club Members, Associates/Friends, Members’ Guests and Non-Members’ Guest List are cordially invited to the December 2019 ECWG GALA (black tie) dinner meeting at the Cosmos Club, w/ after-dinner presentation by Ellen Stofan, PhD. This program is the annual Black-Tie Gala that traditionally closes the ECWG 2019 Fall Calendar for our Dinner Programs at the Cosmos Club. 

About the Presentation

Ellen R. Stofan, Ph.D., FN ’17 is currently the John and Adrienne Mars Director at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The first woman to lead the National Air and Space Museum is using her post to champion diversity and encourage the next generation to pursue STEM careers.  She has over 25 years of experience in space-related organizations and a deep research background in planetary geology. She was chief scientist at NASA (2013–2016), where she helped guide the development of a long-range plan to get humans to Mars. Stofan’s research focuses on the geology of Venus, Mars, Saturn’s moon Titan, and Earth. She has published extensively and received many awards and honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.  One of her goals is: “I want to inspire that first girl who is going to walk on Mars.”

About our speakers

Ellen R. Stofan, Ph.D., FN ’17
Presentation: Our Next Moonshots: Where We’re Going in Space Exploration and Why

Beginning with the first voyage to the Moon, life on Earth has been the ultimate focus of, impetus for, and guiding principle behind all space exploration. Why do we explore? What do we hope to gain? What waits for us on the Moon, on Mars, and beyond? The answer was, is, and always will be found here at home. Ellen Stofan, the John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space museum, looks at how humanity benefits from planetary exploration, both crewed and robotic. From the developments of new materials, computer technology, and means of propulsion to better understanding of human physiology, to the development of medical products to better understanding of Earth’s natural processes and better measurements of changes to the planet from space, the farther exploration takes us, the greater the rewards for everyone on our home planet.

The Smithsonian Institution was established by an act of Congress in 1846 as an independent federal trust instrumentality, a unique public-private partnership that has proven its value as a cultural and scientific resource for more than 170 years. The National Air and Space Museum is one of the world’s most popular museums, with more than 8 million visitors each year. Its mission is to commemorate, educate and inspire visitors by preserving and displaying aeronautical and spaceflight artifacts. The museum maintains more than 60,000 objects, making it the world’s largest collection of artifacts, archival materials and works of art related to aviation, spaceflight and the study of the universe.

Ellen has published extensively and received many awards and honors, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and was named one of “CNN’s Extraordinary People of 2014.” She is co-author of the books Planetology: Unlocking the Secrets of the Solar System and Next Earth: What Our World Can Teach Us About Other Planets, both published by National Geographic.

Menu

  • Smoked Salmon w/ capers, onions, cream cheese & red pepper coulis
  • Popovers
  • Short Ribs of Beef au vin rouge w/ tiny string beans and oven-roasted tomato
  • Flourless chocolate cake w/ fresh berries in coulis
  • Coffee and tea.

Buy Using a Check

Please include the following information:

  • Number of seats Reserved ($60 each – $70 online)
  • Guest names(s)
  • Number of vegetarian meals (if any) desired
  • Organization Affiliation if other than ECWG

Mail with check to :

Jason Chang
1340 Fairmont St. NW, Apt. 1
Washington, DC 20009
chenlunchang@gmail.com
Mobile & text: 505-241-9652

You can pay at the door or mail a check but you must RSVP to Jason no later than COB Friday, 29 November 2019.  Cosmos Club has requested an earlier than usual dinner count.  No changes or cancellations accepted after Frida  COB, 29 November 2019.

Details

Date:
December 7
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Organizer

Jason Chang
Phone:
505-241-9652
Email:
chenlunchang@gmail.com

Venue

The Cosmos Club
2121 Massachusetts Ave NW,
Washington DC, 20008 United States
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Phone:
(202) 387-7783
Website:
https://www.cosmosclub.org/