View Full Version : From the Director's Keyboard: Announcing our CosmoQuest-a-Con Guests of Honor!

2021-Jun-28, 10:40 PM
Director's Notes: JD 2459392.5

I am pleased to announce this year's CosmoQuest-a-Con (https://cosmoquest.org/x/cosmoquest-a-con/). This year we are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Voyager 2 mission at Saturn and the first launch of the Space Shuttle with the theme "80s Space Party".

Science Guest of Honor: Dr. Candice Hansen (https://www.psi.edu/about/staffpage/cjhansen) is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute (http://psi.edu/). She has a Ph.D. in Planetary Science from UCLA (https://www.ucla.edu/). She is a member of the flight teams for the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (https://mars.nasa.gov/mro/) and ExoMars Trace Gas Orbiter (https://sci.esa.int/web/mars/-/46475-trace-gas-orbiter), the Juno mission (https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/juno/main/index.html) in orbit around Jupiter, and the Europa Clipper (https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/europa-clipper). Early in her career, she was part of Voyager 2.

Gamer Guest of Honor: Brian Gray (https://urbanbohemian.com/) is a writer, gaymer, foodie, streamer, brunch aficionado and all-around nerd who resides in The Swanktuary (https://www.twitch.tv/urbanbohemian/) when he's not out and about exploring (when it’s advisable to do so) or staying in and trying all things new on the internet. He can be found most places online as urbanbohemian (https://twitter.com/urbanbohemian).

Artist Guest of Honor: Nurul Syahirah Binti Nazarudin (https://iaaa.org/member-portfolio/?member=293) is a space artist. Humanity has been tracing the sky through arts for thousands of years, passing down knowledge in a form that transcends language and culture. Explore the beauty of our cosmos through works (https://iaaa.org/ngc-4038-ngc-4039-antennae-galaxy-under-normal-vs-uv-light/) of (https://iaaa.org/losing-touch-a-light-pollution-and-dark-sky-awareness-art/) art (https://iaaa.org/pleiades-in-van-gogh-style/) and reimagine the universe in the most creative way with artistic techniques, from canvas to cosmos.

Our main stage events are free on Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/cosmoquestx/), but if you'd like to visit the exhibitor hall, see the second stage, visit the backstage lounge, or participate in contests, you'll need a ticket. Just like last year, proceeds go to making sure we can keep providing our staff a living wage and medical benefits as needed. Please consider buying a ticket (https://planetaryscienceinstitute.kindful.com/e/cosmoquest-a-con-2021).

In love and science,

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