Galaxy Forums 2014
Galaxy Forum Japan 2014 – Tokyo
Saturday 13 December 2014 (2-5pm) @ Cosmos Building, NAOJ Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan
Galaxy Forum returns to the Land of the Rising Sun, one of the world’s 6 major space faring powers, Japan. ILOA collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency JAXA and the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan NAOJ, to advance Galaxy 21st Century Education continues this year at the Cosmos Building kindly provided by NAOJ at the Mitaka Campus.
The Feature presenter is Astronaut Naoko Yamazaki,
Yamazaki was selected as an astronaut candidate in February 1999, attended the ISS Astronaut Basic Training program beginning in April 1999, and was certified as an astronaut in September 2001. Yamazaki-san has participated in ISS Advanced Training and supported the hardware development and operation of the Japanese Experiment Module. In May 2004, Yamazaki completed Soyuz-TMA Flight Engineer training at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonauts Training Center in Star City, Russia. In June 2004, Yamazaki arrived at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas to begin Astronaut Candidate Training school. In November 2008, JAXA announced that Yamazaki would become the second Japanese woman to fly in space on STS-131, scheduled to launch in 2010. On April 5, 2010 Yamazaki entered space on the shuttle Discovery as part of mission STS-131. She returned to Earth on April 20, 2010. Yamazaki retired from JAXA on August 31, 2011.
The program will also include:
Dr. Masaaki Hiramatsu — soon to be Chief of NAOJ Public Relations Office
Steve Durst — Director, ILOA / Editor and Publisher, Space Age Publishing Co.
Misuzu Onuki — presenting about Cities in Space
Professor Junya Terazono — Database Lab & CAIST/ARC-Space, The University of Aizu
International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i. The ILOA co-sponsors with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums to advance 21st Century Education. Galaxy Forums, designed to provide greater global awareness, capabilities and action in Galaxy science, exploration and enterprise, are held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Kansas and New York. Current plans are for expansion to Antarctica and beyond.
Galaxy Forum Hawaii 2014 – Waimea
Wednesday 19 November 2014 (4:30 – 6:30pm) @ Anna Ranch, Kamuela, Hawaii
This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please RSVP to email@example.com or call 808-885-3474.
ILOA is an interglobal enterprise incorporated in Hawaii as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to expand human knowledge of the Cosmos through observation from our Moon and to participate in internationally cooperative lunar base build-out, with Aloha – the spirit of Hawai`i. The ILOA co-sponsors with its Space Age Publishing Company affiliate an international series of Galaxy Forums to advance 21st Century Education. Galaxy Forums, designed to provide greater global awareness, capabilities and action in Galaxy science, exploration and enterprise, are held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Southeast Asia, Kansas and New York. Current plans are for expansion to Antarctica and beyond.
The Program included:
Hawaiian Blessing / Protocol — Kimo Pihana, Native Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner and ILOA Board of Director.
Introductions — Steve Durst, Founding Director of ILOA and Space Age Publishing Company
ILOA Galaxy Education, Exploration and Enterprise in the 21st Century — Phil Merrell, ILOA / SPC
ILO: Taking Hawai`i Education and Science to the Stars — Joseph Sulla, ILOA / Galaxy Forum
ILOA-1: Mission to the Moon South Pole — Chris Sallaberger and Nadeem Ghafoor of Canadensys Aerospace Corporation
PISCES: Mauna Kea as Moon / Mars analog — Melissa Adams (student) & John Hamilton (professor) at University of Hawaii – Hilo
Kealakehe Robotics Team & Moon RIDERS project — Justin Brown at Kealakehe High School
Hawaii Technology Academy — Janine Stavrovsky-Bonham, Neighbor Islands Teacher
Waimea Middle School new STEM Building — Janice English-Somerville, Instruction Coach and Science Teacher at Waimea MS
[Initial Request for Nominations]
Aloha Hawaii Island Educators,
The International Lunar Observatory Association is currently putting together the program for its next Galaxy Forum event in Hawai`i and it is looking to identify a local teacher and / or student that is doing innovative work to advance Galaxy / Science education here on island. Please contact us to nominate yourself, a colleague or a student as a potential presenter at this event. Check out our website – GalaxyForum.org – for a listing of past presenters and details about our Galaxy Forum program. Please submit nominations or inquiries by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 808-885-3474.
Galaxy Forum Hawaii – Waimea 2014 will be held at Anna Ranch in Kamuela on Wednesday, November 19 from 4:30-6:30pm. Along with the presentations by the local teacher and student, the Forum will include extensive updates on astronomy and astronautical research and educational activities underway on island, including a presentation on the 4 Moon Missions of the ILOA and its plan to build a global headquarters and education / research center in Waimea. Educators will receive a Certificate of Participation as well as 21st Century Galaxy education resources – such as the ILOA Galaxy Map 2014. They will also have the opportunity to arrange for an ILOA guest lecture / technology demonstration for their class.
We will be sending you a formal invitation to the Galaxy Forum in the next month. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about the Galaxy Forum program or if you would like to share any ideas for this or future events. It is ILOA’s intention to make the Galaxy Forum a collaborative venue where local educators and scientists can share resources, ideas, concerns and goals to both showcase the innovative work already underway, and to provide additional support to our local educators and students.
Galaxy Forum New York 2014 – Scarsdale
Friday 10 October 2014 @ Little Theatre, Scarsdale High School, Scarsdale Public Schools
ILOA will again help host the community of Scarsdale High School students, teachers, administrators and alums in the 1960, 1961 and 1962 Classes — at the 4th annual Galaxy Forum SHS.
The program features a science talk by Dr. Alan Stern on the New Horizons mission currently traveling at 14.72 km/s almost 3.9 Billion kilometers from Earth on its way to explore Pluto and its moons. The mission, is expected to arrive July 14, 2015, will help us understand the icy worlds at the edge of our solar system. Scientists hope to find answers to basic questions about the surface properties, geology, interior makeup and atmospheres on these bodies. The mission will then visit one or more Kuiper Belt Objects beyond Pluto.
Galaxy Forums public events with presentations, panel discussions and attendee participation. Efforts are made to integrate local cultures, perspectives, and traditional knowledge. Galaxy Forums have been held in Hawaii, Silicon Valley, Canada, China, India, Southeast Asia, Japan, Europe, Africa, Chile, Brazil, Kansas and New York. Steve Durst organized Galaxy Forum Scarsdale to bring this innovative 21st Century Education to his alma mater.
Steve Durst celebrated his 50th SHS 1961 Class Reunion with the 1st Galaxy Forum at SHS on September 23 2011. The 50th SHS 1962 Reunion starting October 5, 2012, continued the Galaxy Forum SHS program with Jeff Hoffman, 5-time Shuttle Astronaut and SHS 1962 alum, sharing his experience repairing the Hubble Space Telescope. Galaxy Forum SHS 2013 featured Dr. Denton Ebel, Curator / Chair of the Dept of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the American Museum of Natural History in NYC speaking on Asteroids in matters of Science, Resources and Security.
Galaxy Forum New York 2014 – Grand Central
Saturday 11 October 2014 (9:30am-Noon) @ Regency Room, Grand Hyatt at Grand Central, New York City
ILOA is expanding to “the City”, bringing Galaxy consciousness, awareness and understanding to one of the brightest cities on Earth, one where stars in the night sky are almost forgotten like long lost friends. This innovative program will explore new trajectories of 21st Century Galaxy Education and Exploration through multimedia experiences of art and architecture, light, sound and movement — as well as more traditional presentations on leading edge space enterprise.
The program features the New Horizons mission currently traveling at 14.72 km/s almost 3.9 Billion kilometers from Earth on its way to explore Pluto and its moons. The mission, is expected to arrive July 14, 2015, will help us understand the icy worlds at the edge of our solar system. Scientists hope to find answers to basic questions about the surface properties, geology, interior makeup and atmospheres on these bodies. The mission will then visit one or more Kuiper Belt Objects beyond Pluto.
FEATURE: New Horizons: NASA Mission to Explore the Outer Solar System — Dr. Alan Stern, Principal Investigator
ILOA 4 Moon Missions & Galaxy First Light Imaging — Steve Durst, Founding Director of ILOA / SPC
Celestial Ceiling at Grand Central Terminal — Dr. Ron Janoff, local expert in NYC art
Spaceflight 18: Take a Cosmic Joyride through Space — Eric “Captain Wally” Wallach
Educators Panel Discussion
Optional Behind-the-Scenes Tour of GCT — led by “Docent in Chief” Danny Brucker
The public flier for the event is posted below. Please feel free to share this with those who might be interested in attending.
Galaxy Forum Canada 2014 – Toronto
Wednesday 1 October 2014 (3-5pm) @ 65th IAC, Room 718B, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Galaxy Forum Canada 2014, with the theme “Moon South Pole and Human Missions: Giant Steps into the Galaxy” is being held in conjunction with the 65th International Astronautical Congress at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Ontario, Canada. Thousands of scientists, engineers and experts from around the world will be gathering to explore the latest achievements, innovations and ambitions of worldwide space agencies, industries and enterprises.
The Moon’s South Pole is as exciting and enriching a new frontier as humans on Mars or trillion dollar asteroids, and much closer in time and space.
The distinguished international, national and independent experts assembled for the event consider how robotic missions
2016-2018 can function as precursors to Human Moon missions in the 2020s. A fusion of astrophysics and astronautics, the ILOA Galaxy Forum will preview upcoming Luna missions and priorities of major spacefaring powers China, India, Russia, USA, Europe and Japan, as well as Canada, Korea and others; and of the remarkable enterprises at the forefront of the commercial Lunar Renaissance.
The International Astronautical Federation (IAF) is an official co-sponsor for Galaxy Forum Canada 2014 and provided a plenary hall at the IAC venue for the event under the banner of the Global Networking Forum.
See a full video the Galaxy Forum via the IAC 2014 Youtube Channel:
Malapert Mountain: Strategic Location for Next Stage of Space Development — Dr. David Schrunk, co-Author of “The Moon: Resources, Future Development and Settlement”, and Doctor of Nuclear Medicine.
Canada Space Activities — Alain Ouellet, Head of Space Exploration Planning, Canadian Space Agency
Japan Lunar Exploration Missions — Tatsuaki Hashimoto, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency
Korea Lunar Lander Project — Dr. Joon-Min Choi, Head, Satellite R&D Head Office, Korea Aerospace Research Institute
ILEWG Report: Moon South Pole Exploration — Bernard Foing, European Space Agency / ESTEC and ILEWG
See the Public Announcement with Program Details below:
Galaxy Forum Kansas 2014 – Hutchinson
Saturday 19 July 2014 @ Endeavour Room, Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
The theme of Galaxy Forum Kansas this year is “The Moon, Mars and Journeying to the Stars.” This is the 5th straight Galaxy Forum in Hutchinson, a program that has engaged hundreds of local teachers and accelerated the development of the Ad Astra Kansas Foundation. Founded in 2001 and an affiliate of the Kansas Space Grant Consortium since 2003, AAK Foundation is an information resource focusing on high-tech and space research in the state of Kansas with a mission to advance the Kansas State Motto, “Ad Astra Per Aspera” for the benefit of Kansas, America and the World.
The Program includes: (Slides from the Presentations will be available here soon)
The Moon — Shawn Carithers, Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center
Mars Rovers and the Upcoming MAVEN Mission — Greg Novacek, WSU Foundation for Science and Math Education
Terraforming Mars and NASA Interactives on Humans in Space — Daniel Webb, KU Astrophysics graduate
Finding Sun-like Stars — Jerelyn Ramirez, Kansas Astronomical Observers (the Wichita area astronomy club)
Galaxy Forum South America — Santiago, Chile
Monday 5 May 2014 (6:00-8:30pm) @ Cerro Calan, University of Chile
This 2nd South America regional Galaxy Forum is being held in Santiago in cooperation with co-organizer, the Department of Astronomy at the University of Chile, and other major astronomical and education institutions. The event features expert presentations on the theme 21st Century Galaxy Education, Exploration and Enterprise.
Special thanks to the office of Cordinador Política Espacial -SUBTEL, for helping to arrange the participation of señor Subsecretario de Telecomunicaciones, Pedro Huichalaf Roa.
At this event the ILOA will debut in South America the 2014 Galaxy Map, an innovative global resource representing the next dimension beyond maps of the World and Solar System. The map, intended primarily for classroom use, features a full color Milky Way Galaxy schematic developed from the latest research, helpful statistical / reference tables, and enlightening cultural perspectives from around the world. Join us at Galaxy Forum South America 2014 and receive a free print for your school.
The Program includes:
Steve Durst, Director / Editor, ILOA / SPC: Galaxy Education, Galaxy Exploration and Galaxy Enterprise in the 21st Century
Prof. José Maza, Academic of University of Chile: History of the Milky Way
Prof. Diego Mardones, Academic of University of Chile: Looking for the most massive star in Gestation Process in the Milky Way
Dr. Fernando Comeron, Representative of European Southern Observatory: 21st Century Astronomy in Chile
Jimena Cruz an investigator of San Pedro de Atacama and Valeria Foncea of ALMA Observatory: EtnoastronomÍa Atacameña – The Universe of our Elders
Pedro Roa Huichalaf, Undersecretary of Telecommunications: Chilean Space Agency and National Space Policies
See the Spanish language flier below.
Galaxy Forum Southeast Asia 2014 – Singapore
Saturday 1 March 2014 (9:00am-12:30pm) @ Science Centre Singapore
This 2nd Southeast Asia regional Galaxy Forum is being held in Singapore, a central dynamo of the intense diversity that is Southeast Asia. The event features expert presentations on the theme Galaxy Education, Exploration and Enterprise. Participating organizations include: the Astronomy Department at the Institute of Technology in Bandung, Indonesia; the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand; the Space Technology Institute of the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology; Madrasah Al-Irsyad Al-Islamiah, an innovative and modern school within the iconic Singapore Islamic Hub; the Malaysia National Space Agency (ANGKASA) Division of Space Science Education; the Singapore Space and Technology Association; National University of Singapore; and The Astronomy Society of Singapore.
Galaxy Map 2014 will debut for Southeast Asia as an innovative global resource representing the next dimension beyond maps of the World and Solar System. The map, intended primarily for classroom use, features a full color Milky Way Galaxy schematic developed from the latest research, helpful statistical / reference tables, and enlightening cultural perspectives from around the world. Join us at Galaxy Forum Southeast Asia 2014 and receive a free print for your school.
The Program includes:
Assoc Prof, Dr. Lim Tit Meng, CEO, Science Centre Singapore: Welcome Address
Dr. Mazlan Othman, Fellow, Academy of Sciences Malaysia; Former Director of UN Office for Outer Space Affairs: Welcome Address (Video)
Steve Durst, Director / Editor, ILOA / SPC: Galaxy Education, Galaxy Exploration and Galaxy Enterprise in the 21st Century
Boonrucksar Soonthornthum, NARIT: Future Collaboration of NARIT/SEAAN & ILOA in Galaxy Science
Dr. Taufiq Hidayat, Professor, Bosscha Observatory, Astronomy-IT Bandung: A Plan for a New Multi-wavelength Astronomical Observatory in Indonesia
Nguyen Vu Giang, Senior Researcher, Vietnamese Academy of Science and Technology, Space Technology Institute: Vietnam Space Science and Technology
Albert Lim, Vice President, The Astronomy Society of Singapore: Amateur Astronomy in Singapore
Dr. Abel Yang, National University of Singapore: Why Study Astronomy?
Muhammad Faizal, Altinak Enrichment Centre: The New Moon for Singapore Muslims