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Chabot Space & Science Center presents a series of community conversations with science and futurist thought leaders

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2016 Season

Nov 11, 6-8pm
MJ Marggraff – Far and Away: Going Beyond Earth Without Going Crazy

Imagine a very long trip away from home by yourself. You may be thinking of how you felt on your first away camp, a move to college, or a business trip abroad. We are getting closer to making trips beyond Earth a reality. In the years ahead, setting up a base on the moon and or Mars will mean embarking on the first human missions where a small crew takes a journey for several months in a confined spacecraft, and when they arrive, will reside on a new outpost where home is seen only as a distant blue dot. Long journeys with conditions that are isolated, confined, and extreme (ICE) often result in loneliness and depression, compromising job performance and teamwork. Finding the answers to minimize the effects of ICE is essential to helping the astronauts succeed. In her talk, Marggraff will explore what can be done to counter feelings of stress off the Earth, which can help us address loneliness so prevalent here on Earth. Additionally, she will explain how a new experiment, ‘SpaceGames’, inspires the next generation that designs games for zero gravity (0G) to be made on the OG 3D printer aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The first game, Star Catcher, made in space later this year to be played in space by the crew, also helps students better understand the lives of astronauts on extended flights.

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MJ Marggraff is a Principal Investigator for Made In Space, Inc. on Moffett Field, Mountain View. She is the creator and project-lead of an ISS science experiment, ‘SpaceGames’, a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) innovation. Marggraff is a commercial pilot, a mission support assistant for Virgin Galactic, and has trained for sub-orbital space flight. She is currently a graduate student with a focus on developing new ways to help astronauts thrive on long duration space exploration missions. Marggraff is the author of a new release best seller for humor in aviation: ‘Finding the Wow: How Dreams Take Flight at Midlife’.

Past Speakers


  • Christopher McKay
    Life on Mars: Past and Future
  • Dr. Robert Knight
    Insights into Human Behavior from Neurological Patients
  • Scott Hutchins
    Novel Science: The Making of A Working Theory of Love


  • Peter H. Gleick
    The Future of Water for California and the World
  • Ed Finn
    How to Build a Dream Machine
  • Steven Shepard
    From the Internet of Things to the Internet of Human Capability
  • Bill Nye
    Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation


  • Will Wright
    Game Designer & Creator of Sim City
  • Tom Atchison
    Founder & Chairman, Mavericks Civilian Space Foundation
  • Carl Haber
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Physicist
    and MacArthur Genius Award Winner
  • Edward Moses
    Director of Fusion Science and Applications Research, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Alexander Rose
    Executive Director of Long Now Foundation and Clock Project Manager
  • Ray Jayawardhana
    Author and Professor of Observational Astrophysics


  • Jim Capobianco, Derek Thompson & Kevin O'Brien
    Pixar Animation Studios
  • Dr. Felisa Wolfe-Simon
  • Dr. Alex Filippenko
  • John Romero & Brenda Brathwaite Romero
    Game Designers
  • Robert Weiss
    President of Xprize & Entertainment Movie Producer


  • Brian David Johnson
    Author and FutureCaster at Intel
  • Ben Burtt
    Sound Director, Designer & Engineer for LucasFilms/Pixar
  • Bill Nye the Climate Guy
    Scientist, Engineer, Comedian, Author, and Inventor
  • Ray Jayawardhana
    Author and Professor of Observational Astrophysics


  • Dr. Michio Kaku
    Bestselling Author and Popularizer of Science
  • Mary Roach
    Columnist and Popular Science Writer and Author
  • Bill McKibben
    American Environmentalist and Writer
  • Al Worden
    Apollo 15 Astronaut