27 June, 2018 8pm to 10:30pm
Omniversum Den Haag
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Speaker: Jeffrey Hoffman

Since its launch, the Hubble Space Telescope has become one of the most extraordinary and beloved space science missions, and has provided some of the most memorable images of the cosmos. But the telescope was not an immediate success - without the work performed by the STS-61 crew, including astronomer and NASA astronaut Jeffrey Hoffman, the Hubble could have been a scientific disaster. Dr. Hoffman will explain what led to Hubble’s initial problems, recall his shuttle experience as a space telescope “repair man”, and discuss how those repairs have led to the telescope becoming one of the greatest science instruments ever built.

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2 July, 2018 8pm to 10pm
Space Expo, Noordwijk
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The International Astronaut panel is an annual highlight of each ISU session. ISU participants and the public will have the opportunity to interact with this outstanding group of astronauts who represent over 30 years of international spaceflight experience ranging from the Spacelab, to the Hubble Space Telescope and the International Space Station.

10 July, 2018 8pm to 10pm
TU Delft Lecture Hall A
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Speaker: Simon “Pete” Worden

At the Royal Society in London on July 20, 2015, Yuri Milner, Stephen Hawking and Lord Martin Rees announced a set of initiatives — a scientific programme aimed at finding evidence of technological life beyond Earth entitled ‘Breakthrough Listen’, and a contest to devise potential messages named ‘Breakthrough Message’. In addition, atop the One World Trade Center in New York on April 20, 2016, ‘Breakthrough Starshot’ was announced, an interstellar programme to Alpha Centauri. These are the first of several privately-funded global initiatives to answer the fundamental science questions surrounding the origin, extent and nature of life in the universe. The Breakthrough Initiatives are managed by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation.

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14 July, 2018 1pm to 3:30pm
TU Delft Science Center
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There are two major tasks in this competition. One is navigation of unknown world. There are scattered rock obstacles in the competition field and the robots should recognize them with onboard sensors, then make appropriate avoidance maneuvers. Also there is a boundary of the field, and the robots should remain inside the field during the competition activity. Two is sample collection. In the competition field, there are many of precious pieces called “gems” and the mission is to collect as many gems as possible in a given time, while satisfying the first task. If your robot is succeeded in bringing the gems back to a home position, a bonus mark will be awarded for the completion of a sample-return mission. All mission must be conducted completely autonomously, which is a great exercise of a real planetary exploration scenario.

Thanks to LEGO Mindstorms, teamwork and a lot of imagination, ISU participants design and build autonomous robots to achieve the above-mentioned tasks. The performance of the robots will be evaluated by a group of judges, and prizes will be given to the winning teams.
Visitors of all ages are welcome to share an educational and fun experience.


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21 July, 2018 2pm to 5pm
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International Space University conducts an annual rocketry launch competition during Space Studies program. Participants from ISU’s Engineering department are divided into international teams of four to design, construct and fly a rocket that will meet a set of difficult requirements for altitude, payload, data capture, and design style. Each team designs a unique rocket from a limited selection of body tubes, nose cones, rocket motors and other components, aided by computer design and simulation programs. Each rocket design passes several safety checks before it is certified to fly in the competition. And, as with any competition, there is only a single winner - Will the rocket attain the correct altitude? Will the fragile payload be returned safely? Will the vehicle fly straight and stable? It is a real-world challenge and the team with the best performance will be recognized for their hard work. This is an event open to the public and visitors of all ages are welcome!



Arthur C. Clarke

7 August, 2018 8pm to 10pm
TU Delft
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Moderator: Chris Welch


ISU's Arthur C Clarke Panel celebrates the intersection of space and popular culture, in the same way that Arthur Clarke's works popularized space to the general public. From books to films, from social media to music and art, space themes can be found everywhere. This panel invites practitioners from different cultural areas to share how space has inspired their work, how they have engaged with space and space-related themes, and to consider how their work may influence future space activities and endeavors.


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