Past Events

Many science-related events have happened in Second Life over the years. Below you will find notes on some of the earliest such events.

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Events Not at the International Spaceflight Museum
  • Science Center Grand Opening events on October 12, 2006.
  • Discussion on tsunamis and tidal waves, October 26, 2006.
  • Presentation on neuroscience by Yoe May (SL name) in The Future sim, November 9, 2006.
  • “Bots and Bonobos”, a presentation by Dr. Kenneth G. Schweller (Ken Caliber in SL) about his work with bonobos and robots.
  • Sneak peek tour of Meteroa, NOAA’s first fully-developed sim in SL. Tour by Eric Hackathorn (Hackshaven Harford in SL) of NOAA.
  • Tour of The Gene Pool, SL’s finest museum about genetics, by Max Chatnoir (who teaches genetics in RL).
  • Slacker Astronomy Cafe with Dr. Doug Welch of McMaster University.  An informal chat about his research and astronomy in general.  Organized by the Slacker Astronomy Podcast.
  • Chat with astronomer Dr. Robert A. Knop Jr., who, at the time, was at Vanderbilt University.
  • Presentation and discussion about the IBM Blue Gene Project by Dr. Mike Pitman (Rez Tone in SL).
  • Slacker Astronomy Cafe with Dr. Eric Chaisson, Director of the Wright Center for Science Education at Tufts University.  Organized by the Slacker Astronomy Podcast.
  • A presentation about Science Commons by John Wilbanks, the Executive Director of Science Commons.
  • A chat with Dr. Phil Plait, “The Bad Astronomer” who runs the website  Oganized by the Slacker Astronomy Podcast and held on Platform Arroyo in the NASA CoLab sim.
  • A discussion with Dr. Chris Thom of the Kavli Institute of Cosmological Physics, about a new way to estimate the age of old stars.  Oganized by the Slacker Astronomy Podcast.
  • Speech by NASA Ames Director Pete Worden, given from within Second Life to the International Space Development Conference 2007, in Dallas.
  • “The Music of Proteins”, a talk by Dr. Mary Anne Clark, a Professor of Biology at Texas Wesleyan University (Max Chatnoir in SL). Transcript and photos.
  • A discussion about Science Commons, with John Wilbanks, the Vice President of Science Commons, on July 24, 2007. Transcript.

Presentations by Troy McConaghy (Troy McLuhan in SL) at the International Spaceflight Museum
  • “Are the US and China in a Second Space Race?”
  • “The International Space University”
  • “The Space Shuttle - Its Life and Future”
  • “Life on Mars?”
  • “The Apollo Moon Landings: A Look Back”
  • “The Hubble Space Telescope”
  • “You in Space - The Rise of Space Tourism”
  • “People on Mars - Why?”
  • “People on Mars - How?”
  • “The Pluto New Horizons Mission”
  • “Is Pluto a Planet?” - A debate with Professor Anthony Crider (Chaac Amarula in SL)
  • “The Science of Santa Claus”
  • “Alan Shepard” (given on the anniversary of his historic flight into space)

Other Events at the International Spaceflight Museum
  • ISM Grand Opening Events (several) in June 2006.
  • Assorted tours of the ISM.
  • Presentation about NASA’s planned Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) by Dr. Wyatt Johson of NASA JSC.
  • A Worldbridges Webcast Tour of the ISM.
  • Launches and landings of the Space Shuttle, shown live on the big screens at the ISM, where everyone could watch together and comment.
  • "Observing Climate TRUTHS from Space," a set of presentations by Dave Taylor from the UK’s National Physical Laboratory, about the TRUTHS satellite.
  • Cypress Rosewood live music concerts at the ISM. (Cypress Rosewood is the SL name of Tony Gerber.)
  • A presentation about NASA’s CoLab Project by Andrew Hoppin (Drew Frobozz in SL).
  • “Mars: Opportunities and Challenges”, a presentation by Hal Fulton (Quantum Clipper in SL), a co-founder of the MarsDrive Consortium.
  • “NASA and Virtual Worlds” by Daniel Laughlin (Greyark Hightower in SL), a presentation at the ISM and organized by the Kuurian Expedition.
  • Live coverage of the transit of Mercury on November 8, 2006, in association with The Exploratorium in San Francisco.
  • A presentation about the Suzaku X-Ray Telescope by Silvershadow Kleene (SL name), who helps with the E/PO for the mission at NASA GSFC.
  • “Lost in Space”, a special event put on by Wired Magazine and the ISM.  A Q & A session with David Kushner, who researched and wrote the article “One Giant Screwup for Mankind” about how NASA lost the original footage of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing.
  • Virtual BLAST - Matthew Truch (Half Moo in SL) - a physics graduate student at Brown University and one of the scientists working on BLAST gave an overview of the BLAST project (BLAST = Balloon-borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope).
  • The Yuri’s Night party in Second Life, on April 12. A celebration of the anniversary of the first man in space: Yuri Gagarin on April 12, 1961. A full day of shows and events. The lead organizer was Camden Mitchell (SL name).
  • The Spaceport Bravo Grand Opening events from May 5-11, 2007, including a talk by Dr. Paul Doherty, Senior Staff Scientist from the Exploratorium, titled “Roving Mars: What is it like on the surface of the Red Planet?” The text and slides of his talk are available online.
  • A short presentation and then a Q&A session with Dr. Rob Knop, one of the guys who discovered that the universe is expanding faster and faster. A transcript and followup. There's also a transcript of the discussion that followed.