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How the Visions of Sci-Fi Led the Way to Space

November 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Talk by Ben Burress
Friday, November 20
7-8 p.m.
Free on YouTube and Facebook Live

Long before a rocket carried the first person into space, people journeyed to the Moon, Mars, and other worlds on flights of fancy—imaginative voyages of fictional storytelling. Beyond entertaining us, science fiction tales have sometimes foreshadowed real events of space exploration and may even serve to shape future voyages. 


About Benjamin Burress

Benjamin Burress has been a staff astronomer at Chabot Space & Science Center since July 1999. He graduated from Sonoma State University in 1985 with a bachelor’s degree in physics (and minor in astronomy), after which he signed on for a two-year stint in the Peace Corps, where he taught physics and mathematics in the African nation of Cameroon. From 1989-96 he served on the crew of NASA’s Kuiper Airborne Observatory at Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA. From 1996-99, he was Head Observer at the Naval Prototype Optical Interferometer program at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ. He has also been a regular science writing contributor to the KQED website since 2005.


How to Watch

Watch on Facebook: We will go live on the Chabot Space & Science Center Facebook page 10-15 minutes before the event. You can find the live video stream on our Facebook page and in the Facebook event discussion. To receive a notification when we go live, “like” Chabot Space & Science Center on Facebook and RSVP that you’re going to this event.

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Watch on YouTube: See our scheduled live video stream.


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November 20, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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