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GET READY FOR A DAY that's out of this world with family-friendly activities and more! End the stellar day with the Relativity Lecture Series, featuring Adam Steltzner on How Curiosity Saved My Life.

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 Saturday, April 29 | 10 am to 3 pm

We’re celebrating all things space with family-friendly indoor and outdoor activities. Help make a community star mural, meet a real-life NASA scientist and more!

10 am to 3 pm | Family-friendly activities focusing on space and science themes
3 pm | Q & A with Adam Steltzner
4 pm | Meet and greet and book signing;books will be available for purchase
5:30 pm | Relativity Lecture Series: Adam Steltzner on How Curiosity Saved My Life


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Adam Steltzner. Team Leader & Chief Engineer EDL, NASA Mars Rover Curiosity & Author. Photo courtesy of Rachel Porter. 


With a rock star's presence, a storyteller's gift and a PhD in engineering physics, award-winning rocket scientist, Adam Steltzner is simultaneously recognized as one of NASA’s most brilliant engineers and most unique individuals.

At 20, he was an aspiring rock star, on his way home from a gig, when he noticed that the constellation of Orion had shifted from where it was hours before. That was all it took to spark his curiosity and desire to know everything about the laws that govern the universe, leading him to return to school, earn a PhD, and by 35, he was an engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratories.

For 10 years, Steltzner led a team of engineers inventing, designing, testing and retesting the revolutionary “sky crane” landing system that successfully placed the Mars rover, Curiosity on the Martian surface in 2012. Five times heavier than its predecessors, Curiosity required an entirely new landing system for the perilous 7-minute phase when the one-ton rover—entering Martian atmosphere at 13,000 mph—must stop fully on the surface. Since then, he’s been awarded honors ranging from the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award in technology, to GQ magazine’s Spaceman of the Year.

With a unique, exciting and inspiring narrative, Steltzner discusses the power of human curiosity, the importance of fostering a culture of collaborative innovation and proves that with the "Right Kind of Crazy," we can significantly expand boundaries and achieve the impossible. His insight and journey are captured in his book, The Right Kind of Crazy: A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership and High Stakes Innovation, released in 2016.

Relativity is made possible by the FMH Foundation with support from the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation and The Beal Foundation.

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