Science Cafe: Why explore space?

  • Thursday, January 23, 2020
  • 7:00pm - 8:30pm

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.



January 23, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Daily Planet Cafe

Nature Research Center
121 West Jones Street
Raleigh, NC 27601 United States
+ Google Map


Katey Ahmann