PRESS RELEASE – Tucson, AZ – The Pima Air & Space Museum’s Second Saturday Speaker Series is revving up for another season of titillating topics that explore today’s mysteries and tomorrow’s discoveries. The series will kick-off the new year year by looking back at plane wrecks that have occurred in our backyard, then leaping forward to a new dawn of discovery and a personal perspective heralding the new museum exhibit “Women in Flight.” The Speaker Series is held on the second Saturday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in the Pima Air & Space Museum’s Main Hangar and is included with paid admission to the museum.
- On Sat., Jan. 10, 2015, Chris McDoniel presents “Aerospace Archaeology,”which focuses on plane wrecks that occurred in the southwest and the stories behind them. Some of the wrecks McDoniel will talk about include an FM-2 Wildcat near Vail, a B-24 near I-10 and Wilmot, and another B-24 in the Catalina Mountains.
- On Sat., Feb. 14, 2015, Vishnu Reddy presents “NASA’s Dawn Mission: What We Know or Don’t Know About Ceres,” which will probe into what we will learn about Ceres when the Dawn spacecraft rendezvous with it in April 2015. [Ceres is a dwarf planet that lies in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.] Reddy is a research scientist at the Planetary Science Institute in Tucson and a member of the Dawn Framing Camera team based at the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research in Germany.
- On Sat., Mar. 7*, 2015, Laura McGill, Engineering deputy of Raytheon Missile Systems, will share her perspective on being a female aeronautical and astronautical engineer. This talk will be part of a day-long Grand Opening celebration for the new museum exhibit “Women in Flight.”
*switched to the 1st Saturday of March to correspond with the “Women in Flight” exhibit Grand Opening.