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The Final Frontier: The present and future of space exploration

  • 05:30 PM

The Final Frontier:
The present and future of space exploration

Science & Technology


Phil Larson

Bobak Ferdowsi

September 14, 2017

NOTE: Event starts promptly at 5:30 p.m.

The Grand View | Lionshead Village



Space may be the final frontier, but the possibilities for exploration are as vast and infinite as outer space itself. This program brings together experts from different facets of the space industry to share with our audience fascinating plans for the future of space exploration, mind-blowing breakthroughs in space technology and to explain the relationship between private business and NASA, and discuss how this relationship is expected to evolve in the future.


Phil Larson is assistant dean for strategy, planning and communications at the University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. He was previously senior advisor for space and innovation at the White House, from 2009 to 2014. Most recently, Larson was part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX team, supporting communications efforts as well as managing corporate projects.




Bobak Ferdowsi is a systems engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory who became an instant celebrity in 2012 when people saw his hair – President Barack Obama dubbed him the “Mohawk Guy” – on NASA’s live feed of the Curiosity landing. Ferdowsi served on the Cassini-Huygens mission in addition to the Mars Science Laboratory Curiosity mission and is currently working as a mission planner for NASA’s planned Europa mission.






The presentation begins begins promptly at 5:30 p.m.
The Grand View is located inside the Lionshead Parking Structure.