The Journey to Mars: The Next Giant Leap for All Mankind-Elizabeth Keller-09/05/2017 - 8:30am

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The Journey to Mars: The Next Giant Leap for All Mankind
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09/05/2017 - 8:30am
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Sunnyvale City Council Chambers- 456 West Olive Ave., Sunnyvale
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Elizabeth Keller
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Science Manager, Space Biology Project
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Elizabeth Keller

Elizabeth has had a colorful career working as a scientist, in technology, as a business owner, and an award-winning author. She started her career in science as a graduate student at Ames Research Center working in Aerospace Human Factors conducting research on astronauts working in low earth orbit. She soon after went to work in the Space Life Sciences Payloads Office where she worked supporting science payload operations on the Space Shuttle. She is the creator, author, and producer of, an online destination that established a new standard for approachable and engaging science education. Her success with Extreme Science got her noticed by the National Geographic Society, which later offered her a book contract. She’s been back at Ames Research Center since 2012 as a Senior Scientist supporting the Space Biology project office, where she is a science manager supporting strategic planning for life sciences research in space. Elizabeth enjoys engaging the public on NASA’s missions and inspiring the next generation.

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Since we first landed on the moon in 1969, the world has been captivated by the exploration of this last frontier and the promising new discoveries that await. Sending robotic probes and roving satellites into space has captured fascinating new finds that delight and inspire, but nothing quite captures the imagination as the notion of sending humans into the inhospitable vastness of space. The Journey to Mars is an enormous undertaking that involves thousands of experts in science, engineering, and technology working collaboratively to identify and solve seemingly impossible challenges, configure, test and build pioneering new technologies, and eventually take a giant calculated leap of faith into the Great Beyond. Many doubt it will be possible, many more question the value of trying, but those of us involved in the effort are thrilled with the opportunity to tread where no one has gone before and create advances in medicine and technology that will benefit all of humanity.”