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“How do we return to the Moon?” – Panel discussion in the Round Tower

Panel discussion in the Library Hall of the Round Tower- arranged as part of Space Days 2019 and the exhibit “Around the Moon” celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first manned landing on the Moon. See full program on www.spacedays.dk

Date: Saturday October 5th 2019
Time: 5 PM – 8 PM
Place: The Round Tower, The Library Hall, Købmagergade 52A, 1150 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Participants in the panel: John Horack (moderator), Andreas Mogensen, Emily Law, Peter Batenburg, Gitte Bailey Hass, Sebastian Aristotelis

5 PM: PART ONE – presentations
6.00 PM: Break – 30 minutes
6.30 PM: PART TWO – discussion and Q & A
Networking after discussion up to 8 PM


About the participants in the panel discussion:

John Horack (Moderator): John M. Horack, Ph.D., is the inaugural holder of the Neil Armstrong Chair in Aerospace Policy at The Ohio State University, with tenured, full-professor appointments in the College of Engineering’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering department and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. A 30-year veteran of the spaceflight industry, Dr. Horack also currently serves as He also serves as the Senior Associate Dean of Engineering at Ohio State, and is a globally recognized leader in space-based research, flight hardware development, program management, and space policy.

Andreas Mogensen: Andreas Mogensen is an astronaut with the European Space Agency. Andreas became the first Danish astronaut in space on 2 September 2015, when he launched on a ten day mission to the International Space Station. He is currently stationed at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, where he serves as ESA’s liaison to the NASA astronaut corps. At NASA, Andreas serves as the deputy chief of the Assigned Crew Branch. Andreas is an aerospace engineer with a PhD from the University of Texas at Austin and a M.Eng. from Imperial College London. His past research has focused on guidance, navigation, and control of spacecraft during entry, descent, and landing on Mars and the moon.

Emily Law: Emily Law has over twenty years of experience in research, development and management of complex information systems. Since 1996, she has been working at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where she has provided leadership and management in the architecture, development, technology and operations of highly distributed ground data systems for planetary exploration and earth science. Emily currently serves as Deputy Program Manager and Development Manager to two separate directorates covering data systems in solar system research and earth science. She also leads operations for NASA’s Planetary Data System, and oversees the development and operations of science data infrastructures and portals in support of Earth and Planetary science including the Solar System Treks Project (SSTP). She has authored papers and made numerous presentations on data intensive systems at various national and international venues.

Peter Batenburg: Peter Batenburg is a space system engineer and project manager with over 9 years of experience in different sectors of the space industry. He has worked for the ISS operations as an Operations Support Engineer and Payload and Mission integration manager for the IRISS mission. Besides the professional career Peter is active in the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Netherlands Space Society (NVR) as board member and activity committee coordinator and fellow initiator of the national Apollo 11 celebration platform www.50jaarmaanlanding.nl. Spaceflight, and in particular the Space Race and Apollo era, have fascinated Peter since the age of 4. As a result Peter has studied the history of spaceflight and Apollo in detail and the passion for space was a major driver for him to pursue a career in space.

Sebastian Aristotelis: Sebastian is a space architect and the co-founder of SAGA Space Architects, a newly formed architecture studio which focuses on how humans can thrive in space and not just survive. SAGA was founded last year after Sebastian and his Co-founder Karl-Johan Sørensen graduated from the International Space University. SAGA has won several awards for their work, most recently their Circadian Lunar Home. SAGA is currently working on a lunar habitat together with DTU Space which they are testing on an analog mission to the icecap of Greenland in April 2020.

Gitte Bailey Hass: Gitte Bailey Hass has 20 years of teaching experience in the STEM subjects. 10 of these years were in the European School system, the rest in the Danish public schools. She has been teaching physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics and ICT for kids in the age between 7-17. During the years Gitte been a part of the political work to improve the level of science teaching. She was a board member of the NTS center, the National Center for Science, Technic and Health education, she is the chairman of DFKF, the Danish association for physics and chemistry teachers and in 2019 she was a part of the ministerial group responsible for the rewriting of the national syllabus for physics and chemistry.”