Join us to learn about the history of NASA and space exploration, as well as about the benefits derived from the space program in environmental technologies, economics, healthcare and technology. Discover the real costs of exploring space especially as compared to other initiatives funded by our government, and why we, as a country, should continue with this exploration despite many other pressures and issues that face society.
About our speaker
Michael Keefe has been a part of the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador program since 2018, an active member of the Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC) since 2006, and looking up towards the night sky since 2003, but his interest in space was sparked when he was just a child watching the first space shuttle launch. With an eye towards educating others in the field of astronomy and observing, in 2014 Mike was given the Master of Astronomy Outreach Award by the Astronomical League for achieving over 250 hours of public outreach. Mike’s current astronomy pursuits focus primarily around Electronically Assisted Astronomy (EAA), AKA video astronomy. Mike has presented on a broad range of topics and has also supported public observing sessions at schools as well as very large events such as Astronomy Days at NCMNS, the North Carolina State-wide Star Party and The Morehead Planetarium & Science Center’s Sky Watching sessions.