Astronaut Richard H. Truly | Scientist David Grinspoon | Artist Monica Petty Aiello

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Richard H. TrulyThe Honorable Richard H. Truly, Vice Admiral U.S. Navy (Ret.)
Saturday, Jan. 16 | 2 p.m.

Richard H. Truly's career as an astronaut included work in NASA's Apollo, Skylab, Apollo-Soyuz and Space Shuttle programs. He lifted off in November 1981 as pilot of Columbia, the first shuttle to be reflown into space, establishing a world circular orbit altitude record. He commanded Challenger in August-September 1983, the first night launch/landing mission of the Space Shuttle program. Following the Challenger accident, he was called back to NASA as Associate Administrator for Space Flight and led the accident investigation. President Reagan awarded Admiral Truly the Presidential Citizen's Medal in 1989. Truly's numerous NASA awards include two Distinguished Service Medals, the Outstanding Leadership Medal, the Exceptional Service Medal, and two Space Flight Medals. He is a member of the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame. With special thanks to the Space Foundation.

David GrinspoonDr. David Grinspoon
Saturday, Jan. 30 | 2 p.m.

David Grinspoon, PhD., is the Curator of Astrobiology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. He studies surface and atmospheric evolution of Earthlike planets elsewhere in the universe, with a focus on possible environments for extraterrestrial life. He is a frequent advisor to NASA on space exploration strategy and is on the science team for NASA's next Mars rover. He was awarded the 2006 Carl Sagan Medal from the American Astronomical Society. Dr. Grinspoon is also author of In the Dark of Space, Enlightenment Waits, 2006 and Lonely Planets: The Natural Philosophy of Alien Life, 2003.

Monica Petty AielloMonica Petty Aiello
RESCHEDULED: Saturday, Feb. 20 | 2 p.m.

Contemporary mixed-media artist Monica Petty Aiello will give a gallery lecture and tour of her exhibition Frozen/Inferno, in which she uses acrylic, paper, ink, gel, fiber, heat, air, gravity and water to emulate the fascinating terrain of Jupiter’s moons, Europa and Io. Aiello lives in Denver, where she creates artworks that appear in private and corporate collections and exhibitions nationwide.