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Nerd Nite Orlando: World Space Party 2018

April 12, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Join us on Thursday, April 12th for an evening of thinking and drinking with 3 brand new guest speakers. We’ll be celebrating Yuri’s Night (aka the World Space Party) in honor of Yuri Gagarin, the 1st human in space on April 12, 1961. We’ll also be having a “space cosplay” contest.

Doors open at 7pm. Program begins at 7:30.

This is a FREE event. We only accept donations.
Make a contribution here: bit.ly/worldspaceparty

Guest speakers include:
James Cooney
Caley Burke
Joshua Colwell


“Black Hole Diaries” by Dr. James Cooney

Dr. James Cooney is an astrophysicist at the University of Central Florida. He spends much of his time teaching astronomy and physics to hungry young minds. He also enjoys competitive Scrabble, stamp collecting, and a number of other nerdy pastimes.

“The Secret of Great Liftoff Timing” by Caley Burke

Caley Burke is a rocket scientist with NASA’s Launch Services Program, with degrees in aeronautical & astronautical engineering from Purdue University and MIT. She works as a trajectory analyst for spacecraft orbiting Earth, landing on Mars, and other destinations around the solar system. Caley’s day job consists of making sure that the rocket drops the spacecraft at the right place & right time. In her innovation time she works on the NASA’s annual global hackathon, the International Space Apps Challenge.

“Who Cares That In Space No One Can Hear You Scream?” by Dr. Josh Colwell

Dr. Josh Colwell is a Planetary Scientist and Professor of Physics at the University of Central Florida. His research interests are in the origin and evolution of the solar system with a particular emphasis on planet formation, asteroids, planetary rings, comets, and interplanetary dust. He is a Co-Investigator on the Ultraviolet Imaging Spectrograph on the Cassini mission, a spacecraft orbiting and exploring Saturn from 2004-2017. Josh studies the structure and dynamics of Saturn’s rings with data from Cassini. His experiments have flown on the Space Shuttle, the International Space Station, suborbital rockets, parabolic airplane flights, and he is developing a CubeSat for launch in 2018.


April 12, 2018
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Geek Easy
114 S Semoran Blvd, Ste 6
Winter Park, FL 32792 United States


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