Calendar of General Space Events

Friday, March 23.
7:00 pm: Night Sky Show
8:00 pm: Tilt! Equinoxes and Solstices Explained

John Drescher Planetarium
Santa Monica College
Drescher Hall Room 223

Tickets may be purchased at the door on the evening of the show 20 minutes prior to showtime, or in person at the SMC Theatre Arts Box Office (Theatre Arts Complex, SMC Main Campus; 8 a.m. to 12 noon Mon-Wed). Shows (except selected guest lectures) are held in the John Drescher Planetarium, located on SMC’s Main Campus in Drescher Hall Room 223.

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Admission to a single show or lecture is $6 ($5 for seniors age 60+ and children age 12 and under). For the double-bill price of $11 ($9 seniors and children), you can enjoy both the Night Sky Show and the evening’s scheduled Feature Show or Guest Lecture.

Please Note: ALL 8:00 PM feature programs are preceded by the 7 PM “Night Sky” program described above. If you wish to see the constellations and sky motions, you want the 7:00 PM Night Sky show. All programs are subject to change in the event of an emergency or other unforeseen circumstances.

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For more information contact the SMC Events Office at: (310) 434-3005 or email: events [at] smc [dot] edu.

Tuesday, March 20, 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm. (Presentation starts at 7:00 pm)
International Space Station Microgravity Space Medicine. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Dinner Meeting.

Featured Faculty from Loma Linda University School of Medicine:
Mary Kearns-Jonker, Xiao Wen Mao, Greg Nelson and Michael Pecaut
Ticket sale will end after Sunday, March 18, 2018
Click here to register

Manhattan Beach Library
1320 Highland Avenue, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
(South of 105 Hwy and West of 405 Hwy/Pacific Coast Hwy 1)

Saturday, March 24th, 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm.
Aerospace Legacy Foundation Meeting
Guest speaker: Mark Pestana

Development of International Space Station Flight Crew Operations: Technical and Cultural Challenges with Russia

Following a brief history of space stations, Mark will describe his experiences, including working in Russia with cosmonauts and engineers, negotiating and developing ISS operations.

Besides overcoming technical issues, cultural challenges were also a factor.

Columbia Memorial Space Center
12400 Columbia Way
Downey, California 90242

Mark Pestana, Colonel, USAF (ret) is a research pilot and spaceflight operations engineer. He is a consultant for NASA, FAA, academia, and industry as a Subject Matter Expert in Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), operations research, and human factors engineering. He earned a BS in Natural Sciences (with minor studies in engineering mathematics) from Loyola University, Los Angeles, and an MS in Systems Management/Research and Development from the University of Southern California. In the USAF he served as a pilot, a research & development engineer, and Space Shuttle operations director. Mark served as a NASA Research Pilot and Flight Test Engineer for NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards AFB, CA. He flew worldwide Earth Science and Aeronautics research missions. His previous NASA assignment was at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, TX, as a flight crew operations engineer in the NASA Astronaut Office. He developed flight crew operations concepts, interfaces, and procedures for the International Space Station Program. Mark has flown over 5000 hours in various types, from heavy transport to supersonic jet, and piloted 213 reconnaissance missions in hostile airspace. He has published several technical papers and presentations on aviation and space research topics, as a member of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, the International Test & Evaluation Association, Society of Flight Test Engineers, Aerospace Human Factors Association, USAF, DOD, and NASA. He an adjunct faculty in aerospace engineering and safety at the University of Southern California and California State University Northridge. Mark is an award-winning artist with paintings in the USAF Pentagon, corporate, and private collections.

Saturday, March 24, 2:00 pm – 9:45 pm.
Los Angeles Astronomical Society Star Party

Free public star parties are held monthly at Griffith Observatory from 2:00 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. with the assistance of volunteers from the Los Angeles Astronomical Society, the Los Angeles Sidewalk Astronomers, and The Planetary Society. They are a chance for the whole family to look at the Sun, Moon, visible planets and other objects, to try out a variety of telescopes, and to talk to knowledgeable amateur astronomers about the sky and their equipment.

Griffith Observatory
2800 East Observatory Rd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027

For directions and parking, visit

Saturday, April 7, 6:00 pm – midnight.
Yuri’s Night LA!
California Science Center | Samuel Oschin Space Shuttle Endeavour Pavilion
700 Exposition Park Dr, Los Angeles, CA

Our event this year features NASA Astronaut Nicole Stott with a special appearance by Bill Nye the Science Guy! It will also feature an amazing array of cool space, art and tech experiences and amazing people. Please visit our website for details (more being added all the time) and read on for a taste…

Early Bird General- Only $45 through Feb 28!
General- Only $55 through April 1st
VIP- Only $95 through April 1st
All tickets include two free 4 Pines Beers

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Calendar items may be sent to calendar [at] oasis-nss [dot] org. Flyers may be sent in .jpg or .pdf format.


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