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The Psychology of Exploration in Extreme Climates: From Antarctica to Space

  • 02 Nov 2017
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • 2650 E 40th Ave, Denver, CO 80205
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Speakers will focus on the journey and interpersonal challenges for deep space travel. There is a interdisciplinary approach to enabling this journey, with research support from the areas of design, engineering, medicine, and social science. 

They will also discuss first-hand experiences within the US Antarctic program and how the Antarctic provides a useful analog for informing the 100 Year Starship effort. The goal of 100 Year Starship is to enable the capabilities for interstellar human space flight within the next 100 years, and enhance all life on earth every step of the way. 

The space science industry is one of the most internationally collaborative industries in existence, focusing on humans as a species and working cross-culturally in pursuit of goals.


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About the Speakers

Ailres Almon 
Throughout her professional career, Alires has fostered a deep passion for the opportunities created by advanced science and technology. Alires is a member of the 100 Year Starship team and is based in Denver, Colorado. She is the Orchestrator of Engagement, responsible for Programs, Outreach and Partnerships for 100 Year Starship (100YSS). The goal of 100 Year Starship is to enable the capabilities for interstellar human space flight within the next 100 years, and enhance life on earth every step of the way.

Alires works extensively in the in the Colorado space community, serving on the board of Colorado Space Business Roundtable (CSBR), where she serves as Secretary and is the chair of the group’s signature space event – the CSBR Round Up. She is an avid supporter STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education by working with Colorado Association for Black Professional Engineers and Scientists, as their Program Director. She also supports the Dream Big STEM event for rural Colorado Students.


Dave Fischer
Dave Fischer leads business strategy development and planning at Ball Aerospace, a provider of first-class instruments, spacecraft, data exploitation solutions and technologies for civil, commercial, aerospace and defense applications. Dave’s responsibilities include long-range strategic planning, and leading efforts to understand existing and emerging markets. Before joining Ball, Dave worked in the US Antarctic Program, where he was the manager of science operations and later the Area Manager for the Amundsen-Scott South Pole station. While there, he oversaw the construction of astronomical observatories, and the first stages of a new station construction. Dave began his career designing astrophysics instruments at the University of Chicago with the Infrared Astrophysics group at Yerkes Observatory. Dave holds an AB in Physics from the University of Chicago.


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