TEDxMidTownNY Event to Pierce the Veil of Jupiter

TEDxMidTownNY Event to Pierce the Veil of Jupiter

May 4, 2011 Press Releases

Presentations by NASA Scientist and Space Artist on May 9th

Dr. Scott Bolton


New York, N.Y. – The next installment of the popular TEDxMidTownNY speaker series will take place on Monday, May 9th, 2011 from 6-9 pm at the Hotel Beacon in New York City. With the theme “Piercing the Veil,” the focus of the event is to peel back the clouds of Jupiter and discuss the science we find, as well as the important role that art plays in our discovery of the physical universe. Cosponsored by the Space Frontier Foundation (SFF) and NASA, this event will host speakers Scott Bolden, Chief Scientist for NASA’s upcoming Juno Mission, and photographer, writer, and filmmaker Michael Benson. Two inspiring TEDx videos featuring XCOR CEO Jeff Greason and author Amil Ananthaswamy will also be screened. Tickets are limited and can be purchased at Brownpaperticket.com.

What secrets are hidden beneath Jupiter’s veil of clouds and massive storms? Can exploration of Jupiter reveal the origins of water and life on Earth? Bolton will answer these questions and more. The Juno Mission’s goal is to probe Jupiter’s atmosphere in search of clues to how the largest (and probably oldest) planet in the Solar System, and the Solar System itself, were formed from a primordial cloud of gas.

Michael Benson

“As the largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter contains more matter than all the other planets combined,” says Dr. Bolton. “By determining how much water is in the planet, we complete the inventory of the key ingredients that make up the planet… to figure out the billion-year-old recipe [for] the first planets in our solar system.”

Next Michael Benson will present “Imagin(in)g the Universe,” a capsule history of our attempts to represent the universe, from naked-eye astronomy to telescope imagery with robotic interplanetary spaceflight capping off the sequence. He’ll also discuss the relationship between art and science as specifically embodied in attempts to reproduce the heavens and spheres. Benson is a photographer, writer, and filmmaker who during the last decade staged a series of increasingly large-scale exhibitions of planetary landscape photography and authored three illustrated books, most recently Far Out: A Space-Time Chronicle .

Finally, two thought-provoking videos from other TEDx events will be shown including Jeff Greason’s Rocket Scientist: Making Space Pay and Having Fun Doing It from TEDxSanJoseCA and Anil Ananthaswamy’s What It Takes to do Extreme Astrophysics from the INK Conference.

Each TEDxMidTownNY program opens with networking over light refreshments and closes with an open discussion between speakers and the audience. Reservations are encouraged and advance tickets are available now at Brownpaperticket.com. Tickets go on sale at the door beginning at 6:00 pm the evening of the event. Tickets are $20 general admission and $5 for students with valid ID. This event will take place in the Broadway Room at the Hotel Beacon, 2130 Broadway (74th/75th streets) in NYC.

The SFF is dedicated to encouraging the exploration and settlement of the space frontier. We invite the public to experience this work through our speaker series, workshops, and the annual NewSpace Conference.

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TED2011, “The Rediscovery of Wonder,” will be held February 28-March 4, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, California.